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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.
Cybersecurity

Chinese Hackers Attacked Foreign Health Care, Military, Oil Networks as Coronavirus Hit China

In January, the ‘widespread’ assault targeted a vulnerability in virtual desktops, cloud computing, and network applications, FireEye announced.

CIO Briefing

Navy Working to Keep Subs and Destroyers From Becoming COVID-19 Hotspots

Meanwhile, the coronavirus is putting the military health-care system under stress.

Cybersecurity

Trump Calls Out China’s COVID-19 Disinformation

Chinese diplomats and officials have been spreading a lie about the virus’ origin.

Emerging Tech

Military Scientists Hope To Have Coronavirus Therapeutic By Summer

A new approach would use RNA or DNA to help the body develop antibodies to the rapidly spreading illness.

Emerging Tech

The Pentagon’s AI Shop Takes A Venture Capital Approach to Funding Tech

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will take a Series A, B, approach to building tech for customers, with product managers and mission teams.

Emerging Tech

A Military-Funded Biosensor Could Be the Future of Pandemic Detection

If it wins FDA approval next year, the two-part sensor could help spot new infections weeks before symptoms begin to show.

Cybersecurity

Key Defense Supplier Hit by Ransomware

The hackers also allegedly stole sensitive documents from Visser Precision, which makes parts for Lockheed, Boeing, and SpaceX.

Emerging Tech

Will Flying Cars Help the US Beat China? The Air Force Hopes So.

Service officials say giving American manufacturers first-mover advantage is just as important as the military benefits of vertical-lift buses.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon to Adopt Detailed Principles for Using AI

Sources say the list will closely follow an October report from a defense advisory board.

IT Modernization

Judge Puts Pentagon's Giant JEDI Cloud Contract On Hold

The up-to-$10 billion cloud contract is enjoined until “further notice from the court” while Amazon pursues a lawsuit.

Emerging Tech

One Step Closer to a Batsuit for Soldiers

Researchers announce new military funding in search for body armor skin that could be 300 percent stronger than anything we’ve seen before.

Emerging Tech

The Pentagon Is Spending Millions on Hunter Drones With Nets

Shooting drones down over cities isn’t ideal. Nabbing them in midair is an intriguing alternative.

Emerging Tech

Spies Like AI: The Future of Artificial Intelligence for the U.S. Intelligence Community

Putting AI to its broadest use in national defense will mean hardening it against attack.

Policy

As Putin Schemes to Extend His Reign, Expect New Forms of Internet Repression

Russia under a president-for-life will likely grow more insular and less open to Western influence.

Emerging Tech

When Both Sides Have Drones, How Do You Know Which Ones to Kill?

The U.S. Army recently tested a system that helps defenders wipe the skies of just the unfriendly aerial robots.

Cybersecurity

Iran Is Expanding Its Online Disinformation Operations

Tehran isn’t as practiced as Moscow at purveying propaganda online, but they’re no slouches.

Policy

Government to Restrict Sale of AI for Satellite Image Analysis

Software that can analyze satellite photos would be treated like a weapon.

Cybersecurity

What’s Next for Iran’s Cyber Actors?

The country has grown as a talented, and destructive, network threat over the last several years.

CIO Briefing

Russia Plans to Cut Off Some Internet Access Next Week

The Dec. 23 test aims to evaluate a system meant to control traffic, veil hackers, and quash dissent.

Emerging Tech

China Has Increasing Sway in U.S. Science, Defense Report Says

Beijing is using better jobs at home, aggressive intelligence agencies, and a greater financial reach to influence American institutions.