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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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In Urgent Request, U.S. Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

May 19, 2017 TAMPA, Florida — Here’s how Mad Max the situation in Iraq is right now. Earlier this year, the military put out an urgent request for inexpensive kamikaze drones that special operations troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers against ISIS, according to documents obtained by Defense One. It’s another sign...

In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

May 18, 2017 TAMPA, Florida — Here’s how Mad Max the situation in Iraq is right now. Earlier this year, the military put out an urgent request for inexpensive kamikaze drones that special operations troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers against ISIS, according to documents obtained by Defense One. It’s another sign...

Stop Blaming NSA for the Ransomware Attack

May 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Friday’s global ransomware attack has reignited the debate about how the U.S. intelligence community conceals or reveals knowledge about critical software bugs. As confirmed by a former National Security Agency official, WannaCry exploited a vulnerability stockpiled by the agency and exposed in last year's Shadow Brokers dump. But how much...

US Forces Aren’t Working With Russians Against ISIS, SOCOM Chief Says

May 16, 2017 TAMPA, Florida — Gen. Raymond Thomas, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, says his forces aren’t sharing information with Russian forces in Syria or Iraq. “I can guarantee you there is no integration going on with the Russians,” he told an audience at the annual Special Operations Forces Industry...

Stop Blaming the NSA for the Ransomware Attack

May 16, 2017 Friday’s global ransomware attack has reignited the debate about how the U.S. intelligence community conceals or reveals knowledge about critical software bugs. As confirmed by a former NSA official, WannaCry exploited a vulnerability stockpiled by the agency and exposed in last year’s Shadow Brokers dump. But how much blame should...

The Nuclear Option in the Trump-Russia Investigation

May 11, 2017 If U.S. lawmakers decide that the now-leaderless FBI and the Jeff Sessions-led Justice Department can’t be relied upon to bring to light evidence of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, they have a risky tactic available to them. Under the Constitution’s “Speech or Debate Clause,” a lawmaker on...

The Nuclear Option in the Trump-Russia Investigation

May 10, 2017 If U.S. lawmakers decide that the now-leaderless FBI and the Jeff Sessions-led Justice Department can’t be relied upon to bring to light evidence of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, they have a risky tactic available to them. Under the Constitution’s “Speech or Debate Clause,” a lawmaker on...

Intelligence Leaders Are Practically Begging Trump to Condemn Russian Hacking

May 10, 2017 How does the U.S. fight the Kremlin’s strategy of hacking political targets’ private communications and dumping the material online through third parties such as Wikileaks? The head of U.S. Cyber Command has an answer: call out the behavior for what it is. That may seem as simple as it is...

Intelligence Leaders Are Practically Begging Trump to Condemn Russian Hacking

May 9, 2017 How does the U.S. fight the Kremlin’s strategy of hacking political targets’ private communications and dumping the material online through third parties such as Wikileaks? The head of U.S. Cyber Command has an answer: call out the behavior for what it is. That may seem as simple as it is...

The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot

May 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Modern sensors can see farther than humans. Electronic circuits can shoot faster than nerves and muscles can pull a trigger. Humans still outperform armed robots in knowing what to shoot at — but new research funded in part by the Army may soon narrow that gap. Researchers from DCS Corp...

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