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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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How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China

9:45 AM ET The idea of a Chinese-U.S. arms race for artificial intelligence conjures up images of an army of swarmbots defeating self-driving tanks on a smoldering, depopulated hellscape. It’s an idea so captivating that Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, wants to make it harder for the Chinese to invest in U.S. technology development,...

How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China

June 22, 2017 The idea of a Chinese-U.S. arms race for artificial intelligence conjures up images of an army of swarmbots defeating self-driving tanks on a smoldering, depopulated hellscape. It’s an idea so captivating that Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, wants to make it harder for the Chinese to invest in U.S. technology development,...

Detecting Secret Military Exercises With Micro Satellites, a How-To

June 21, 2017 Detecting an adversary's unscheduled naval exercise used to require a massive operation perhaps involving multiple agencies. In March 2017, a small team of analysts with a firm called 3GIMBALS, working with U.S. Southern Command, used imagery from a constellation of inexpensive microsatellites to pick up an unscheduled military exercise in...

Inside the West Wing Tug-of-War Over Russia and Ukraine

June 21, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence and other national-security leaders are dragging President Donald Trump along in a growing effort to hold Russia accountable for illegal actions in Ukraine. For evidence of that just look at how two very different people interpreted Tuesday’s meeting in the Oval Office. As Trump sat for...

Inside the West Wing Tug-of-War Over Russia and Ukraine

June 21, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence and other national-security leaders are dragging President Donald Trump along in a growing effort to hold Russia accountable for illegal actions in Ukraine. For evidence of that just look at how two very different people interpreted Tuesday’s meeting in the Oval Office. As Trump sat for...

The Future of Military IT: Gait Biometrics, Software Nets, and Photon Communicators

June 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tomorrow’s soldiers will wield encrypted devices that unlock to their voices, or even their particular way of walking, and communicate via ad-hoc, software-defined networks that use not radio waves but light according to Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, who leads the Defense Information Systems Agency, the U.S. military’s IT provider. On...

The Future of Military IT: Gait Biometrics, Software Nets, and Photon Communicators

June 15, 2017 Tomorrow’s soldiers will wield encrypted devices that unlock to their voices, or even their particular way of walking, and communicate via ad-hoc, software-defined networks that use not radio waves but light according to Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, who leads the Defense Information Systems Agency, the U.S. military’s IT provider. On...

After A Shooting, What Do Security Pros Do Behind Closed Doors?

June 14, 2017 Even as a high-profile shooting like Wednesday’s attack at a congressional baseball practice flashes onto cable news networks, it triggers deeper, behind-the-scenes evaluations among security personnel, local police, and federal investigators, all of whom will look at their policies and asset deployments using data from the incident. “There’s a trickle-down...

After A Shooting, What Do Security Pros Do Behind Closed Doors?

June 14, 2017 Even as a high-profile shooting like Wednesday’s attack at a congressional baseball practice flashes onto cable news networks, it triggers deeper, behind-the-scenes evaluations among security personnel, local police, and federal investigators, all of whom will look at their policies and asset deployments using data from the incident. “There’s a trickle-down...

Dunford: Without Better Funding, U.S. Will 'Lose Competitive Advantage' In Just a Few Years

June 13, 2017 The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff brought a dire warning to Capitol Hill on Monday.: “In just a few years, if we don’t change our trajectory, we will lose our qualitative and quantitative competitive advantage,” Gen. Joseph Dunford told the House Armed Services Committee. The military will need...