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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.
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Ukraine Wants More Exercises, Training with US

Russian military buildup is “atypical,” Ukrainian officials say.

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The Taliban is No ‘Partner,’ Says Top US Special Ops Commander

After withdrawing, the US must rely on other Afghans and foreign governments for intelligence to track and target ISIS-K.

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No Pentagon Wrong-Doing in Jan. 6 Reaction, Inspector General Finds

“DOD officials did not delay or obstruct” Guard troops who arrived at the U.S. Capitol hours after insurrectionists stormed it.

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Biden Launches Arms-Control Talks with China, Warns Xi on Taiwan

Beijing’s aggression toward the island, nuclear ambitions are big points of worry for the administration.

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What Worked, What Didn't at Army’s Second Connect-Everything Experiment

Drone-shooting helicopters, robot reconnaissance teams, and a lot more people mark Project Convergence’s second year.

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Adding India to the Five Eyes Would Cause a New Cold War, Pakistani Official Says

Proposal in the U.S. Senate draws harsh words as Islamabad works up a new anti-terrorist effort.

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North Korean Uranium Mining Picked Up From 2017 to 2020

Satellite photos show accelerated mining efforts but the meaning of the activity is still unclear.

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Quantum Sensor Breakthrough Paves Way For GPS-Free Navigation

The main problem wasn’t weird subatomic physics. It was finding a simpler way to maintain a vacuum.

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New White House Cyber Director Wants to Fight Like Cobra Kai

Chris Inglis says the government needs to hit would-be attackers where it hurts.

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Terror Groups in Afghanistan Could Attack US Next Year, Pentagon Policy Chief Says

Kahl says ISIS-K might be able to strike in less than 12 months; AQ in one to two years.

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Pentagon AI Chief Responds to USAF Software Leader Who Quit in Frustration

Lt. Gen. Groen concedes culture must change, but says faster development is already on the way.

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Taiwan Emerges as a ‘Pre-eminent Issue’ For CIA’s New China Directorate

A takeover might look like Russia’s takeover of Crimea and might be coordinated with the Kremlin.

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Russian Corruption Makes It Harder to Crack Down on Ransomware

Hackers who learned skills in government service are branching out “for their own personal enrichment,” Pentagon cyber leader says.

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US Army to Stage Largest Robot Tank Experiment Ever

Its lessons will inform the Army’s next-gen-unmanned-vehicles plan to ask tech firms to deliver the brains and established firms to deliver the wheels.

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The Biggest Lesson from the Army’s Connect-Everything Experiment

New labs to test interconnections are the key to joint all-domain command and control.

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Pentagon’s Top Science Official Adds to Tech-Breakthrough Wishlist

Heidi Shyu, R&D undersecretary, said she went looking for tech areas to trim—and found that some vital ones had been overlooked.