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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.
Threats

Baltic Worries Mount as Russian Draftees Flood into Regional Training Sites

“Imagine hundreds of thousands training 70 kilometers from a NATO border,” said one senior defense official from a Baltic state.

Science & Tech

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

High-speed networking promises to help bring AI to bear on floods of battlefield sensor data.

Science & 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

Science & Tech

US Working on AI to Predict Ukraine’s Ammo and Weapons Needs

But a Pentagon watchdog is already unhappy with the way materiel is being tracked.

Threats

NATO Forges Plans to Surge Forces to Baltics In a Crisis

Estonia is planning new training areas and infrastructure under a defense budget increase.

Policy

US Weighs Escalation Risk As Ukraine Asks for Longer-range Missiles

Will ATACMS become the latest weapon that Washington has initially withheld, but ultimately given? 

Threats

Ukraine War Offers Clues to Future War, Joint Chiefs Chairman Says

Don’t expect any more tank columns massing on highways like sitting ducks.

Threats

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.

Threats

Ukraine’s Western Arms Have Inflicted ‘Significant Damage’ On Russian Supply, Communications Lines, Top US Officer Says

HIMARS alone has been used to hit more than 400 targets, Gen. Milley said at a meeting of Kyiv’s international supporters.

Policy

US Adds $675M in Arms, $2B in Financial Aid for Ukraine, Region

As well, the Defense Contact Group met in Germany to discuss how to support Ukraine over the “long haul,” the Defense Secretary said.

Policy

Ukraine’s Supporters Aim to Create Long-Term Aid Mechanisms

Leaders from NATO, the U.S., and others will gather to discuss ideas on Thursday.

Threats

Iranian Hacker Group Posed as Journalists to Hunt Dissidents

Group spent weeks trying to fool specific targets with intricate appeals—including U.S campaign staff.

Science & Tech

As Russian Oil Exports Rise, Governments and Shipping Companies Play Cat-and-Mouse

High-tech tracking tools haven’t deterred Black Sea smugglers from lining tankers up like cars at a gas station.

Science & Tech

US Military Satellites Need to Get Smarter, More Self-Reliant

Future satellites should understand their environment, act autonomously, and be less reliant on Earth for refuel, Space Command’s deputy commander says.

Threats

Ukraine’s Strikes Are Setting the Stage for a Rough Russian Winter

Kyiv seems to be setting up a long play for territory west of the Dnieper River.

Threats

‘We Need to Own the Heat The Way We Now Own Night,’ Pentagon Climate Leader Says

Tactical cooling vests and other adaptations will be needed as dangerous temperatures arrive on training ranges and in combat zones.

Science & Tech

Ukraine War Reveals Need for More Anti-Drone Tech, US Army Says

The service’s expectations are built on Middle Eastern experience. That isn’t going to work.