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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Patrick Tucker
Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in Slate, The Sun, MIT Technology Review, Wilson Quarterly, The American Legion Magazine, BBC News Magazine, Utne Reader, and elsewhere.
Emerging Tech

Here’s How to Stop Squelching New Ideas, Eric Schmidt’s Advisory Board Tells DoD

An exclusive preview of the Defense Innovation Board’s new recommendations for James Mattis.

Cybersecurity

As America’s Nukes and Sensors Get More Connected, the Risk of Cyber Attack Is Growing

Future nuclear weapons will be more sophisticated and better integrated with other equipment. That has benefits and drawbacks.

Emerging Tech

Tomorrow’s Cargo Drones Won’t Look Much Like Today’s Helicopters

Boeing unveils a squarish, skeletal quadcopter to try out new unmanned-delivery concepts.

Cybersecurity

How the (Likely) Next NSA/CYBERCOM Chief Wants to Enlist AI

A look at Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone’s public statements about artificial intelligence, offense, and defense.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones

A new contest seeks flight systems inspired by Mother Nature and powered by directed-energy beams.

Cybersecurity

Iran’s Cyberwar on Dissidents Could Infiltrate Your Mailbox

Tehran’s agents are busily working against the protesters — and anyone who may have contacted them from abroad.

Policy

New National Security Strategy Sees Rising Russia, Retreat on ‘Democratic Peace’

Donald Trump’s first strategy talks about threats and nation-state competition but also signals a reluctance to compete philosophically or morally.

Cybersecurity

Russia, North Korea Eye Bitcoin for Money Laundering, Putting It on a Crash Course with Regulators

Thieves and sanctioned countries are targeting the digital currency’s exchanges, setting up a fight between governments and cryptocurrency powerhouses.

Emerging Tech

Drones On Leashes, Kamikaze Drones, Information Bombs Top Pentagon’s Counterterrorism Wishlist

Expect to see these technologies in a grey-zone battlefield in the not-too-distant future.

Cybersecurity

Russia Will Build Its Own Internet Directory, Citing US Information Warfare

Moscow’s independent DNS may help it ward off cyber attacks — or mount its own.

Emerging Tech

A Breakthrough in Soft Robot Muscles, Funded by the Military

Future military robots may come in softer, more cuddly, and stranger forms.

Emerging Tech

Russia to the United Nations: Don’t Try to Stop Us From Building Killer Robots

UN efforts to limit or regulate military AI may be failing before they even begin.

Policy

A Fight Is Brewing Between Congress and the Military Over Cyber War

Should in-theater commanders be allowed to launch attacks that currently require approval from the national command authority?

Cybersecurity

Which Bugs Will Hackers Exploit First? Machine Learning Promises a Better Guess

Most vulnerabilities are known; defenders need a better way to know which ones pose an imminent threat.

CIO Briefing

China and the CIA Are Competing to Fund Silicon Valley’s AI Startups

The U.S. intelligence community is upping its early-stage investments in machine-learning companies — but Beijing is pouring in far more.

CIO Briefing

How Robots Will Help the US Navy Avoid Future Collisions

The Navy’s problems are very human in nature. The solution is less human.

CIO Briefing

China Has A Breakthrough in Spy-Proof Quantum Communications

By sending quantum information several kilometers, the researchers took a big step toward the future of information security.

CIO Briefing

China Will Surpass US in AI Around 2025, Says Google’s Eric Schmidt

Schmidt, who also chairs the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, says the Chinese are poised to erase a key American advantage — and the Trump administration is helping them.

CIO Briefing

How NATO Is Preparing to Fight Tomorrow’s Information Wars

As members fight off cyber attacks from Russia, here’s a deep dive into spending goals, partnerships, and policy debates about going on the offensive.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon: We’ll Keep Buying Software That Russian Spies have Looked Through

The U.S. military will still buy consumer-off-the-shelf products from several tech companies that allowed Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, an intelligence outfit, to intimately probe.