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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.
Science & Tech

CENTCOM Exercise Aims To Speed Up the Pace of War

Using AI to handle boring administrative tasks helps enable faster targeting.

Science & Tech

China’s Balloon May Have Taught the US More Than Beijing Learned From It, General Says

Still, NORAD’s chief says the U.S. military took “precautions,” including “non-kinetic effects.”

Policy

Key Republicans Launch Two-Part Plan to Pressure Biden on Ukraine

National security committee leaders in Congress are waging a public campaign to signal they support sending more advanced weapons to Ukraine–and faster than Biden is allowing.

Science & Tech

New Institute Will Study How the Defense Department Manages Itself

To “compete on a global stage,” DOD must get a handle on its management practices, Deputy Defense Secretary says.

Science & Tech

Test Flight Brings Hypersonic Program to Successful Close, DARPA Says

The HAWC effort has produced two “feasible hypersonic airbreathing missile designs.”

Breaking News Policy

US to Send 31 M1 Abrams Tanks to Ukraine

They will join “hundreds” more armored vehicles arriving amid concerns about an anticipated Russian offensive.

Policy

White House Announcement on M1 Abrams Tanks Expected Tomorrow

Poland is also likely to provide Leopard 2 tanks, with or without Germany’s blessing.

Science & Tech

Is This New Microwave Weapon the Answer to Iranian Drones?

Army awards $66 million to develop weapon that can fry drone bits in the air.

Science & Tech

Is China About To Destroy Encryption As We Know It? Maybe

A new research paper claims to offer a quantum-powered code-breaker of spectacular power. “If it's true, it's pretty disastrous,” says one expert.

Policy

US, Allies Push Armor and Rockets Into Ukraine

The aid package comes amid worries about a Russian spring offensive.

Policy

Kahl: U.S. Focused on ‘Next Phase’ of Ukraine Conflict

A big aid package is expected this week, but it likely won’t contain long-sought, controversial items like ATACMS.

Science & Tech

UFO Sightings By US Troops Surge

Intelligence officials cite recent efforts to reduce the stigma of reporting odd aerial phenomena. Many cases remain unexplained.

Science & Tech

NASA, Northrop Drawing Up the Future of Drone Cargo Jets

Before pilotless airlifters can deliver your packages, the government needs to model how they’ll interact with everything else in the air.

Policy

Ukraine Needs US Help in Fighting Two Wars, Sen. King Says

The Maine independent recently returned from meetings with leaders in Ukraine.

Science & Tech

How AI Could Predict The Damage to Ukraine from Russian Missiles

By training a machine-learning model on battle-damage imagery, one company aims to help understand where attacks are happening and assess damage more quickly and accurately.

Threats

Foreign Meddling in US Elections Affects Allies’ Trust, Study Finds

When respondents were told that American democracy wasn’t working reliably, they lost faith in the U.S. commitment to partnerships.