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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

Russian Corruption Makes It Harder to Crack Down on Ransomware

Hackers who learned skills in government service are branching out “for their own personal enrichment,” Pentagon cyber leader says.

Science & Tech

US Army to Stage Largest Robot Tank Experiment Ever

Its lessons will inform the Army’s next-gen-unmanned-vehicles plan to ask tech firms to deliver the brains and established firms to deliver the wheels.

Science & Tech

The Biggest Lesson from the Army’s Connect-Everything Experiment

New labs to test interconnections are the key to joint all-domain command and control.

Exclusive Science & Tech

Pentagon’s Top Science Official Adds to Tech-Breakthrough Wishlist

Heidi Shyu, R&D undersecretary, said she went looking for tech areas to trim—and found that some vital ones had been overlooked.

Science & Tech

How Well Can AI Pick Targets From Satellite Photos? Army Test Aims to Find Out

The Scarlet Dragon exercise is evaluating ways the service might put new tools to use in the very near term.

Science & Tech

Soldiers’ Super Suits Will Sense Surroundings Soon

Tooth microphones and spider senses could be coming to a battlefield near you.

Science & Tech

An Army Pilot Just Re-Invented Flight Training for the Digital Era

By teaching an AI to read instruments with a camera, you get the best of the human and machine worlds.

Threats

Vulnerabilities May Slow Air Force’s Adoption of Artificial Intelligence

More data on the battlefield means a wider attack surface, something the Defense Department has yet to prepare for, experts say.

Science & Tech

Learn to Use Data or Risk Dying in Battle, New Army Project Teaches

Project Ridgway pushes soldiers to use—and even create—the artificial-intelligence tools that will confer military advantage.

Science & Tech

How Equipment Left In Afghanistan Will Expose US Secrets

Even rendered inoperable, equipment now in the hands of the Taliban will yield troves of information about how the U.S. builds weapons and uses them.

Science & Tech

This May Be First Step In Curing PTSD With A Pill

A start-up, funded in part by the U.S. Army, could be on track to revolutionizing what we know about PTSD.

Science & Tech

Was Russia’s April Exercise a Practice Run for a Ukraine Invasion?

The use of smoke operations and a large troop presence in Crimea suggests that Russia was telegraphing its ability to launch a major assault on Ukraine.

Science & Tech

House Bill Aims to Bridge Acquisition ‘Valley of Death’ In Race to Counter China

A draft of the House NDAA markup outlines two provisions to fix the gap between research and acquisition.

Exclusive Policy

Trump’s Pledge to Exit Afghanistan Was a Ruse, His Final SecDef Says

Chris Miller now says talk of a full withdrawal was a “play” to convince a Taliban-led government to keep U.S. counterterrorism forces.