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Patrick Tucker

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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

Data Friendliness Will Make Some Weapons More Valuable, Says Northrop CTO

Future weapons will have more value if they connect more easily to the network right out of the box, but that’s not the way military weapons or networks are made today.

Science & Tech

How AI Is Revealing the Secrets of Iran’s Nascent Centrifuge Factory

Satellites can’t directly observe the underground facility, but analysis of its surroundings yields a progress report.

Science & Tech

SOCOM Members Got an All-Star Crash Course in AI

Over a unique six-week course, participants met virtually with tech leaders to talk about AI's future.

Science & Tech

Bird-Mimicking Electric Drone Hits New Endurance Record

As the military grapples with connecting more things over longer distances, recent flight reveals a way forward.

Policy

Biden Goes After China’s Cyber Attackers

U.S. and allies blame China’s government, announce new measures to fight a massive cyber criminal ring akin to Russia’s, but threaten no sanctions yet.

Science & Tech

Researchers Create Drone Swarms That Can Detect Gas Leaks, Other Threats

A new algorithm called “Sniffy Bug” shows how tiny drones will do dangerous work even in areas where they can’t use GPS.

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Sullivan: Data Privacy Key To AI Race Against China

New privacy-protecting technologies will enable democracies to work together to win the AI race against China, says Biden’s national security advisor.

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Information Warfare Looms Larger in Russia’s New Security Strategy

Kremlin’s first update in six years decries foreign influence, calls for more Russian info ops.

Science & Tech

Biden Urges Putin to Give up Russian Ransomware Gangsters, Threatens Unspecified 'Consequences'

The President is talking tougher on Russian criminal cyber gangs, but still isn’t naming specific penalties.

Threats

China’s Aggressive Data Push Worries Military Intel Officials

The AI future runs on data and the Chinese government is out for all it can get.

Science & Tech

New Material May Power Tomorrow’s Cyborg Soldiers

Israeli researchers may have found a way for human body movement to power implanted devices indefinitely.

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How JEDI’s Ghost Will Bring Bitter Rivals Together

The death of the Pentagon’s controversial cloud computing mega-contract likely puts Amazon and Microsoft in a new sort of partnership.

Science & Tech

A Catch-22 Is Keeping Telemedicine Off the Battlefield

Wargame planners won’t include even low-bandwidth telehealth until it has proven valuable in wargames.

Science & Tech

New Radar Method Could Reveal Space Junk, Super Fast Missiles, Objects Behind Walls

Multiple transmitters processed through a new algorithm can spot very difficult-to-track targets.

Science & Tech

It's Time to Wargame Against an AI-Enabled China

Top commanders say military training needs to reflect how artificial intelligence will change the pace of war.

Science & Tech

US Needs to Defend Its Artificial Intelligence Better, Says Pentagon No. 2

AI safety is often overlooked in the private sector, but Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks wants the Defense Department to lead a cultural change.

Science & Tech

US Will Try Using Lasers to Send Data From Space to Drones

In the first experiment of its kind, military researchers will attempt to link drones to satellites via light.