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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.
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Are ‘Restrictions’ Keeping Us From Winning in Afghanistan?

August 23, 2017 Red tape and bureaucracy are always good targets for new managers eager to show fast progress, and so Donald Trump, in his first presidential speech on Afghanistan, promised to lift restrictions that he said prevented commanders in the field “from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy.” But how...

Drones Will Help Protect Guam From North Korean Missiles

August 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow POWAY, California — Teams of modified MQ-9 Reaper drones are being prepped to keep airborne eyes on North Korea, ready to track missile launches and feed crucial data to Navy interceptor warships far offshore, the drones’ maker says. A June 2016 missile defense drill called Pacific Dragon, which brought together...

Drones Will Help Protect Guam From North Korean Missiles

August 22, 2017 POWAY, California — Teams of modified MQ-9 Reaper drones are being prepped to keep airborne eyes on North Korea, ready to track missile launches and feed crucial data to Navy interceptor warships far offshore, the drones’ maker says. A June 2016 missile defense drill called Pacific Dragon, which brought together...

What the Announced NSA / Cyber Command Split Means

August 21, 2017 The move to elevate Cyber Command to a full Unified Combatant Command and split it off from the National Security Agency shows that cyber intelligence collection and information war are rapidly diverging fields. The future leadership of both entities is now in question, but the Pentagon has set out a...

Armed Militias Won’t Stop After Charlottesville, and That Worries Law Enforcement

August 21, 2017 One of the most striking striking images from Saturday’s clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., was the presence of dozens of heavily armed men and women dressed in combat fatigues resembling the National Guard and casting an imposing shadow over the events. But these were not law...

What the Announced NSA/Cyber Command Split Means

August 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The move to elevate Cyber Command to a full unified combatant command and split it off from the National Security Agency shows that cyber intelligence collection and information war are rapidly diverging fields. The future leadership of both entities is now in question, but the Pentagon has set out a...

What the Announced NSA / Cyber Command Split Means

August 18, 2017 The move to elevate Cyber Command to a full Unified Combatant Command and split it off from the National Security Agency or NSA shows that cyber intelligence collection and information war are rapidly diverging fields. The future leadership of both entities is now in question, but the Pentagon has set...

Armed Militias Won’t Stop After Charlottesville, and That Worries Law Enforcement

August 17, 2017 One of the most striking striking images from Saturday’s clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., was the presence of dozens of heavily armed men and women dressed in combat fatigues resembling the National Guard and casting an imposing shadow over the events. But these were not law...

ISIS Says Secret Weapons Await Coalition Forces In Battle for Raqqa

August 8, 2017 On Sunday, the Islamic State released the latest issue of its online magazine Rumiyha. In it, an ISIS military leader in Raqqa, Syria, claims to have secret weapons for use against the coalition forces that are besieging the group’s capital city. Rumiyah, like its predecessors Dabiq and Dar al-Islam, is...

AI Will Make Fake News Video — and Fight It As Well

August 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A recent demonstration showing how easy it is to spoof video of a world leader recently made headlines, foretelling a future where robot-created videos cause political and financial havoc. But now comes word of an antidote. On Monday, a group of computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute...