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Patrick Tucker

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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

Russia’s Would-Be Windows Replacement Gets a Security Upgrade

For sensitive communications, the Russian government aims to replace the ubiquitous Microsoft operating system with a bespoke flavor of Linux, a sign of the country's growing IT independence.

Cybersecurity

NATO Getting More Aggressive on Offensive Cyber

Secretary General Stoltenberg says NATO pushes limits of what the alliance can do in cyberspace.

Policy

Russians Will Soon Lose Uncensored Access to the Internet

A new law allows the Kremlin to spy on, filter, and control the country’s online activity, alarming human-rights watchdogs.

Emerging Tech

Here Come AI-Enabled Cameras Meant to Sense Crime Before It Occurs

The future of video surveillance is about detecting not just faces, but behaviors.

Cybersecurity

Air Force Creates CTO Role to Oversee Next-Gen Weaponry

The Air Force's new science and technology strategy for 2030 addresses increasing and evolving threats from foreign adversaries.

Emerging Tech

How the World is Beginning to Address Risks from China’s 5G

Chinese telecom tech is invading the physical world, but Europeans and industry have strategies to contain the threat.

Emerging Tech

The Pentagon Is Killing a Key Independent-Research Program

For decades, JASON studies helped DOD and other agencies get outside perspectives on scientific and technical topics.

Emerging Tech

The U.S. Army Wants AI to Read Soldiers’ Minds

A new study from the Army Research Lab may help AI-infused weapons and tools better understand their human operators.

Emerging Tech

Another Launch Startup Gets Work from the Air Force

New Zealand-based Rocket Lab will orbit a trio of satellites as Pentagon hunts for cheap ways to put sensors in space.

Cybersecurity

Installing Chinese 5G Gear is Dangerous—and Probably Inevitable: NATO Center Report

Alliance members should look to mimic Britain, which created an entire government office to scrutinize Huawei’s products for security problems.

Emerging Tech

The Newest AI-Enabled Weapon: ‘Deep-Faking’ Photos of the Earth

Step 1: Use AI to make undetectable changes to outdoor photos. Step 2: release them into the open-source world and enjoy the chaos.

Emerging Tech

The U.S. Military Is Creating the Future of Employee Monitoring

A new AI-enabled pilot project aims to sense “micro changes” in the behavior of people with top-secret clearances. If it works, it could be the future of corporate HR.

Cybersecurity

Researcher: The West Isn’t Ready for the Coming Wave of Chinese Misinformation

Beijing’s social-media operations are larger and more effective than many realize.

Cybersecurity

NSA-Cyber Command Chief Recommends No Split Until 2020: Sources

That’s another delay for a separation planned several Defense Secretaries ago.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Wants Satellites That Can Dodge Incoming Fire

As China and Russia move to weaponize space, the U.S. military is working to give its constellations a “fighting chance.”

Cybersecurity

Russian Attacks Hit US-European Think Tank Emails, Says Microsoft

The same groups that hit the DNC recently targeted prominent think tanks, including one election-monitoring organization

Cybersecurity

You Have 19 Minutes to React If the Russians Hack Your Network

After Moscow's hackers breach one PC, that network's defenders have less than a half-hour to prevent wider data theft or destruction, a new report finds.

Emerging Tech

There’s a Big Obstacle to the Pentagon’s New Strategy to Speed AI to Troops

Defense officials want to accelerate the delivery of artificial-intelligence tools from the lab to the field. But it's hard to obtain the massive data streams that make AI work.

Emerging Tech

The U.S. Military Is Chopping Up Its Iron Man Suit For Parts

Special Operations Command’s much-anticipated super suit won’t be here for Christmas.