“Software is eating the world,” according to venture capitalist Marc Andreessen. It also is fueling a new genre of weapon systems, systems that have evolved to include untraceable crypto currencies, computer network malware, offensive social media information operations (i.e., Russian social media hacks), and the democratization of technologies that are now available to anyone who has the money. For example, ISIS reportedly is buying drones from Alibaba, a platform launched in 1999 to facilitate global wholesale trade.
Part II: The Great Divide—A Cultural Shift Is Needed
By Commander C. Colin Supko, U.S. Navy Reserve