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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.
Science & Tech

New Report Offers Glimpse Of How AI Will Remake Spywork

AI could accelerate intelligence use, if the government can get out of the way, new report says

Policy

US 'Unequivocal’ to Russia on Right of Ukraine, Others, to Join NATO

U.S. diplomats rejected Moscow's demand that Kiev be forever barred from the Western alliance.

Exclusive Science & Tech

Common Office Desk Phone Could Be Leaking Info to Chinese Government, Report Alleges

Phones by Yealink have been observed sending encrypted messages to Chinese servers three times a day.

Threats

White House: Russia Stepping Up Disinformation In Possible Invasion Prelude

U.S. sees rising likelihood of Russian military action against Ukraine, promises strong response.

Science & Tech

Air Force Breakthrough Brings Space-Based Solar Power One Step Closer

Tomorrow’s remote military bases could be powered by a light-to-microwave tile that just passed a key test.

Science & Tech

One Social-Media ‘Like’ Doesn’t Say Much About a Potential Extremist

Data from open-source social media is generally only helpful in combination with other information.

Policy

Chinese Firms Targeted by New Biden Orders Meant to Curb Fentanyl, Synthetic Drugs

Deaths from fentanyl, which is largely produced in China, have overtaken heroin overdoses in the United States.

Science & Tech

Army Bring-Your-Own-Device Experiments Test New Security Concepts

The service is “setting the stage” to try new communications ideas in the Pacific.

Science & Tech

This New AI Tool Can Help Spot an Imminent Invasion

Want to know how many trucks are in border regions, or get an alert when bomber traffic spikes?

Science & Tech

This Air Force Targeting AI Thought It Had a 90% Success Rate. It Was More Like 25%

Too little of the right kind of data can throw off target algorithms. But try telling the algorithm that.

Science & Tech

How China Is Challenging US Central Command, Digitally

The Pentagon may have “CENTCOM fatigue,” but Beijing is pushing into the Middle East, warns the command’s communications chief.

Science & Tech

‘Slow-Boil Crisis’: DIA Needs More Capability to Track Russian, Chinese Tech Work

It takes years to train intelligence analysts, but the Pentagon doesn’t have “that kind of time.”

Science & Tech

China Wants to Write the Tech Rules for 5G. Experts Say That’s a Big Problem

Beijing is stacking international standards bodies with factions that care more about national loyalty than sound practice, experts say.

Threats

Ukraine Wants More Exercises, Training with US

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

Threats

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.

Threats

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.