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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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The Next Big War Will Turn on AI, Says the Pentagon’s Secret-Weapons Czar

5:13 PM ET The first day of the next major conflict shouldn’t look like war at all according to William Roper, who runs the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office, or SCO. Instead, imagine a sort of digital collection blitzkrieg, with data-gathering software and sensors setting of alarms left and right as they vacuum up...

Russia Joins U.S. in Race to Field Gun-Launched Swarmbots

12:29 PM ET Russian arms makers have announced efforts to shoot multiple small drones in rapid succession from small arms and cannons, hastening a day when Russian and U.S. drone swarms may meet each other over the skies of distant battlefield. On Thursday, Russian news site Tass revealed a reconnaissance drone that a...

Russia Joins US in Race to Field Gun-Launched Swarmbots

11:00 AM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian arms makers have announced efforts to shoot multiple small drones in rapid succession from small arms and cannons, hastening a day when Russian and U.S. drone swarms may meet each other over the skies of distant battlefield. On Thursday, Russian news site Tass revealed a reconnaissance drone a soldier...

Russia Joins US in Race to Field Gun-Launched Swarmbots

March 27, 2017 Russian arms makers have announced efforts to shoot multiple small drones in rapid succession from small arms and cannons, hastening a day when Russian and U.S. drone swarms may meet each other over the skies of distant battlefield. On Thursday, Russian news site Tass revealed a reconnaissance drone that a...

Why Fake News Spreads: A Neurological Explanation

March 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If efforts by foreign powers to influence American society via disinformation — like the “fake news” that spread during last year’s presidential election — are rising as a national-security concern, then we need to know why such antics work. How does an adversarial government go about persuading an entire population...

Why Fake News Spreads: A Neurological Explanation

March 23, 2017 If efforts by foreign powers to influence American society via disinformation — like the “fake news” that spread during last year’s presidential election — are rising as a national-security concern, then we need to know why such antics work. How does an adversarial government go about persuading an entire population...

GOP Lawmaker to FBI: Stop the Leaks in Russia Probe or Lose A Key Surveillance Tool

March 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans sent a surprising message to the director of the FBI on Monday: cracking down on leaks is every bit as important as investigating connections between Trump campaign officials and Russia. They added an even more surprising threat: if you won’t do the former, we may take away a...

GOP Lawmaker to FBI: Stop the Leaks in Russia Probe or Lose A Key Surveillance Tool

March 21, 2017 House Republicans sent a surprising message to the director of the FBI on Monday: cracking down on leaks is every bit as important as investigating connections between Trump campaign officials and Russia. They added an even more surprising threat: if you won’t do the former, we may take away a...

GOP Lawmaker to FBI: Stop the Leaks in Russia Probe or Lose A Key Surveillance Tool

March 20, 2017 House Republicans sent a surprising message to the director of the FBI on Monday: cracking down on leaks is every bit as important as investigating connections between Trump campaign officials and Russia. They added an even more surprising threat: if you won’t do the former, we may take away a...

US Army to Test Powerful New Truck-Mounted Laser ‘Within Months’

March 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Progress in battlefield lasers is exceeding some of the most optimistic expectations of just a few years ago. The latest evidence comes from Lockheed Martin, which Thursday announced a new record: 58 kilowatts of direct power from a solid-state fiber laser. Lockheed will send it to the Army in a...

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