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Patrick Tucker

Science & Technology Editor, Defense One

Patrick Tucker
Patrick Tucker is science and 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.
Policy

House passes long-awaited aid for Ukraine, Israel, Indo-Pacific

Two months after the Senate acted, the lower house responds to an increasingly desperate Kyiv.

Science & Tech

Geothermal energy easing US military's logistics challenges

DIU is doubling its investment in new technology to harness the heat of Earth's core.

Threats

Why we can shoot down Iranian drones over Israel but not Ukraine

The different outcomes of the weekend’s attacks on Tel Aviv and Kharkiv reflect factors practical and political.

Threats

Europe is already planning for what happens if Ukraine loses. It’s ugly

A newly energized Russia is already escalating grey-zone operations in Eastern Europe, says Estonia’s defense minister.

Threats

Russia could be outshooting Ukraine 10-to-1 ‘within weeks’: EUCOM chief

In House hearing, Gen. Cavoli laid out the consequences of more House inaction on aid.

Exclusive Science & Tech

New bill would greatly expand Defense Department quantum efforts

Proposed legislation would establish a quantum advisor and a new center of excellence.

Science & Tech

US-UK safety pact could shape the future of AI

Two research institutes will collaborate on AI safety tests, among other things.

Science & Tech

The Air Force is quietly revolutionizing parts replacement

A startup's robotic system that fits on a truck could replace sprawling die-based factories.

Threats

Giving ATACMS to Ukraine no longer as risky, says Joint Chiefs chairman

The United States is becoming more comfortable giving Ukraine the long-sought weapons.

Science & Tech

The Navy is using robot ships to deter human smuggling out of Haiti

4th Fleet’s experiments with unmanned systems are a “game changer” for monitoring illicit activity, commander says

Policy

House passes $825B defense bill, racing the clock to avoid shutdown

Bill includes new money for ships, planes, ground combat vehicles, and AI.

Threats

Russia's lies helped persuade Niger to eject US troops, AFRICOM says

The U.S. needs to beef up its own counter-disinformation efforts, Gen. Langley tells lawmakers.

Threats

Houthis granting China, Russia safe passage in Red Sea, CENTCOM says

The group is armed by Iran using the revenues from Beijing’s veiled oil purchases.

Policy

Special operations seeing growing demand amid planned cuts: commander

Faced with a more active China, “I certainly wouldn't support” shrinking the force, SOCOM's Fenton told lawmakers.