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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.
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New sat images show Russian vessels fleeing Black Sea ports

Ukrainian drone attacks have also prompted Russian patrols and harbor defenses, according to BlackSky images.

Threats

China’s overseas bases aren’t a big threat, yet: RAND

But Beijing is looking to add to its footprint, from Asia to Africa to the Mideast.

Science & Tech

Missile threats are proliferating. Here’s how the Pentagon is trying to keep up

A booster tweak might improve an anti-ICBM weapon while a next-gen missile-spotting constellation comes online.

Threats

How Russia-, China-linked actors use OpenAI for disinformation

American AI tools are boosting disinformation around the world. That has the makers of those tools concerned.

Science & Tech

China’s effort to take over Taiwan without firing a shot

How influence operations, cyber-weapon hoarding, and intimidation factor into China’s Taiwan play.

Science & Tech

Losing hearts and minds: The desperate state of US influence operations

The United States is surrendering ground to Russia and China’s propaganda machines. That has key officials increasingly worried.

Science & Tech

First Replicator drones already in Indo-Pacific, DOD says

It’s a first for “warfighter-centric innovation,” says deputy defense secretary.

Policy

Austin on Rafah operation: ‘There's better ways to do this’

U.S. officials are voicing greater concern about Israel's new operation. That hasn’t changed policy.

Threats

U.S. military completes temporary pier off Gaza; deliveries to start within days

Thousands of tons of aid are on the way, one week after the IDF closed a key land corridor.

Threats

Ukrainians plead with White House to lift missile-use restrictions

The White House is giving Ukraine more weapons, but also “limiting our capabilities,” officials warn.

Science & Tech

Navy slow to adopt modern ship-designing tools, GAO finds

The service is getting in the way of shipbuilders who want to go digital, the watchdog said.

Science & Tech

Giant military manta ray drone passes first ocean test

Manta Ray prototype demonstrates propulsion, steering in step toward “real-world operations.”