One of the overarching themes of The operators is the growing military-civilian divide in an era of an all-volunteer force.
In the target country, operators often rely on local help in establishing safe houses and gathering equipment.
Mohammed, the organizer, has got operators lining the streets outside.
1590s, "one who performs mechanical or surgical operations," agent noun from operate (v.) or from Late Latin operator. Meaning "one who carries on business shrewdly" is from 1828. Specific sense of "one who works a telephone switchboard" (1884) grew out of earlier meaning "one who works a telegraph" (1847).
operator op·er·a·tor (ŏp'ə-rā'tər)
An operator gene.