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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor, Defense One

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.
CXO Briefing

How Will the Military Use 5G? A New Drone Experiment Offers Clues

High-speed, low-latency networks promises to help bring AI to bear on floods of battlefield sensor data.

Emerging Tech

The U.S. Military Is Buying Electric Jet-ski Robots

Tests will see whether battery-powered personal watercraft can help with search-and-rescue

CXO Briefing

US Trails China in Key Tech Areas, New Report Warns

Ex-Google, DOD leaders paint dire picture unless U.S. organizes to win technology races.

Cybersecurity

An Experiment Showed that the Military Must Change Its Cybersecurity Approach

The Defense Department’s current “checklist” approach can’t keep its networks safe.

Emerging Tech

CENTCOM Launches Competition For Innovation from Troops

The ‘Shark Tank’-like competition will pull solutions from active-duty personnel for possible use in the field.

Data

Can a Fitness App Ease the Military’s Recruitment Crisis?

App gives recruiters a tool to monitor how their recruits are shaping up before shipping out.

Emerging Tech

The Navy Is Testing 5G For Future Forward Operating Bases

From drone-deployed 5G networks to digital twinning, a small 5G pilot is rewriting the rules for battlefield connectivity.

Emerging Tech

How NORAD Plans to Ward Off Cruise Missiles Fired at the US

The command has goals for 2025 and 2030, but wants more guidance from the Pentagon.

CXO Briefing

Russia Seems to Be Running Low on Drones

The Russian military wrote the book on tactical drones in 2014. Now its leaders are begging foreign partners and regional officials to help replace downed UAVs.

CXO Briefing

Marines Look To A Future Where More Authority, Intel Moves to the Edge

Commandant sees empowered battlefield commanders, and new support roles further from the front lines.

Cybersecurity

China’s Disinformation Warriors May Be Coming for Your Company

A recent attack on a rare-earths processor shows a new facet of information warfare: weaponized NIMBYism.

Cybersecurity

Russia Might Try Reckless Cyber Attacks as Ukraine War Drags On, US Warns

Ground commanders have been unable to capitalize on at least one previous cyber strike.

CXO Briefing

More Reality Checks Could Help Keep DOD Programs on Time and Budget, GAO Says

The Pentagon has long espoused “knowledge-based acquisition,” but doesn’t insist on it.

Emerging Tech

AI Is Already Learning from Russia’s War in Ukraine, DOD Says

Today’s battlefield data is helping smart machines model the wars of the future.

Emerging Tech

Lockheed Martin Hopes the US Has Turned the Corner on Hypersonics

March test ‘one of the biggest steps we've seen’ in development of new hypersonic weapons, company officials say.

CXO Briefing

Hicks: Today’s Russia Problem Mustn’t Distract from Tomorrow’s China Problem

An increasingly complex security environment is complicating the Pentagon’s efforts to ease tech firms’ frustrations.