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Patrick Tucker

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

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.

CIO Briefing

DARPA-Funded Radar Lets Planes See Through Smoke and Clouds

A promising approach to a decades-old quandary: how to get a clear field of view to the ground?

CIO Briefing

The Future the US Military is Constructing: a Giant, Armed Nervous System

Service chiefs are converging on a single strategy for military dominance: connect everything to everything.

CIO Briefing

Swiss Researchers Invent Way to Let Mini Drones See in the Dark

Future drones will see as the human eye does, helping to navigate dark rooms.

CIO Briefing

Can the US Military Re-Invent the Microchip for the AI Era?

As conventional microchip design reaches its limits, DARPA is pouring money into the specialty chips that might power tomorrow’s autonomous machines.

CIO Briefing

Analysts Are Quitting the State Department’s Anti-Propaganda Team

The Global Engagement Center is struggling to keep up with its missions: countering ISIS recruitment and Russian disinformation.

Cybersecurity

Trump Administration Orders Russian Anti-virus Off All Government Systems

The move follows months of suggestions Kaspersky is too close to the Kremlin.

CIO Briefing

What the CIA’s Tech Director Wants from AI

Dawn Meyerriecks says staying ahead of Russia and China isn’t as hard as getting U.S. leaders to listen to their own artificial intelligence analysis.

CIO Briefing

Future Spy Satellites Just Got Exponentially Smaller

By changing the way microchips measure light, researchers are shrinking the size of space-based telescopes.