Thomas Rid is a professor in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Rid's most recent book is Rise of the Machines (2016). It tells the sweeping story of how cybernetics, a late-1940s theory of machines, came to incite anarchy and war half a century later. Rid's book Cyber War Will Not Take Place (2013) analysed political computer network intrusions. His articles appeared in major English, French, and German peer-reviewed journals, as well as magazines and news outlets.
In 2009 and 2010, Rid was a visiting scholar at Hebrew University and at Shalem in Jerusalem. From 2006 to 2009, he worked at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the RAND Corporation in Washington, and at the Institut français des relations internationales in Paris. Rid wrote his first book, War and Media Operations (2007), at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, a Berlin think tank. He holds a PhD from Humboldt University in Berlin.