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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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China Is the Leading Suspect in OPM Hack, US Says

June 25, 2015 China is the “leading suspect” in the hack at the Office of Personnel Management, or OPM, says James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence. He spoke one day after Adm. Michael Rogers, who leads U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, warned the world not to “assume” China was...

NSA Chief: Don’t Assume China Hacked OPM

June 24, 2015 The U.S. military’s top cyber warrior says it’s merely an “assumption” that the Chinese government was behind the recent hack at the Office of Personnel Management, or OPM — and not necessarily one he shares. That puts Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National...

Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia

June 23, 2015 The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work...

Robots Won't Be Taking These Military Jobs Anytime Soon

June 22, 2015 A typical drone combat air patrol, or CAP, is a lot more manpower-intensive than the term “unmanned aerial vehicle” would suggest. In fact, as many as 150 people—from repairmen to image analysts—play some sort of role in every drone flight that takes place over Iraq and Syria. It’s a problem...

Drone Pilot Psychologist Says They Need a Vacation From War

June 19, 2015 CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada — “Doc,” one of America’s few practicing psychologists with top-secret clearance, spends his days talking to drone pilots. For security reasons, the Defense Department asked Defense One and other reporters not to refer to him by name. Doc is tall, slender, patient, and speaks with...

America’s Drone Pilot Shrink Says They Need a Vacation From War

June 18, 2015 CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada — “Doc,” one of America’s few practicing psychologists with top-secret clearance, spends his days talking to drone pilots. For security reasons, the Defense Department asked Defense One and other reporters not to refer to him by name. Doc is tall, slender, patient, and speaks with...

What The Pentagon Has To Do To Recruit Silicon Valley’s Nerds

June 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, Sen. John McCain took to WIRED to explain how various provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, orNDAA, would help bring young tech minds to bear on the military’s various problems. “By removing barriers to new entrants into the defense market. By adopting commercial buying practices,” by adding...

What The Pentagon Has To Do To Recruit Silicon Valley's Nerds

June 17, 2015 Last week, Sen. John McCain took to WIRED to explain how various provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, would help bring young tech minds to bear on the military’s various problems. “By removing barriers to new entrants into the defense market. By adopting commercial buying practices,” by...

OPM Breach Just Put America’s Spies ‘At High Risk’

June 12, 2015 Standard Form 86 — SF86 for short — is where current and prospective members of the intelligence community put the various bits of information the bureaucracy requires of them: Social Security numbers, names of family members, countries visited and why, etc. If hackers have gotten away with those records, as...

How Wi-Fi Will Power Tomorrow’s Battle Gear

June 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dismounted soldiers and Marines often carry upwards of 100 pounds of gear, much of it power-hungry radios and night-vision goggles and sensors (like these tiny drones). Each requires batteries and extra batteries — and that makes the prospect of delivering electricity over a Wi-Fi signal very attractive indeed. Last week,...