M. Shane Riza is a writer, speaker, and warrior/ philosopher. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the National Defense University, has over 3000 hours in single-seat fighter aircraft, and is a retired military commander who served for twenty-five years.



Open sky...open mind.

Writing for the intellectually discerning.


My goal is to create good writing on a range of subjects that I hope will make the reader think about issues in new ways, perhaps explore ideas more openly and with greater objectivity and transparency. I hope you enjoy the writing. Please use the Contact page or email me at author@shaneriza.com with feedback or to schedule an appearance.


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Essays, commentary, thought pieces. Connect with me here


I was interviewed on the brand new Information Uprising podcast. You can hear it here.

Review of my book in Hampton Roads' Daily Press. See the review here.

I was honored to deliver the keynote address for "Security by Remote Control: Automation and Autonomy in Robot Weapons Systems" at Lancaster University, UK in May 2014. You can hear the podcast here.

Review in Joint Forces Quarterly here. See other reviews here.

In October 2014 I was interviewed on WNEW (CBS News) in Baltimore/Washington D.C.

I was quoted in the Brazilian paper Carta Capital! The links are here and here. A working knowledge of Portuguese or a good translating program are a must!

In June 2013, I was on WYPR's "Midday with Dan Rodricks," a Baltimore area NPR-affiliated talk show. You can hear the show at this link: The Ethics of Drone Warfare on WYPR