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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor 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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Russia, N. Korea Eye Bitcoin for Money Laundering, Putting It on a Crash Course with Regulators

December 15, 2017 Bitcoin’s rising value got a further boost last week with the debut of the first futures trading. But the digital currency has also attracted the attention the interest of U.S. adversaries. A report out this week says that Russia is eying the currency as a means to bypass harsh sanctions...

In Eastern Ukraine, One Misplaced Artillery Shell Could Cause a ‘Chernobyl-Scale’ Disaster

December 12, 2017 Fighting in Eastern Ukraine picked up in 2017, endangering several industrial facilities that store or produce large volumes of highly toxic chemicals. This is reigniting fears of a massive environmental disaster on the scale of Chernobyl, a Ukrainian official said Tuesday. The Avdiivka coke plant in the strife-torn Donbas region...

China May Be Preparing Refugee Sites in Case of a Korean War

December 11, 2017 The Chinese government may be preparing for an influx of refugees from North Korea — if, say, war breaks out on the Peninsula, according to a document obtained by Radio Free Asia. The document, dated July 7, was produced by China Mobile, the giant state-owned telecommunications company — specifically, by...

Drones On Leashes, Kamikaze Drones, Information Bombs Top Pentagon’s Counterterrorism Wishlist

December 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want a glimpse of the irregular grey-zone battles of the near future? One great indicator is the annual wishlist of the Pentagon’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, or CTTSO. Released on Wednesday, the office’s broad agency announcement, or BAA, emphasizes drones and ways to counter misinformation. Here are a few...

Kamikaze UAVs, Drones on Leashes, Information Bombs Top Pentagon’s Counterterror Wishlist

December 8, 2017 Want a glimpse of the irregular grey-zone battles of the near future? One great indicator is the annual wishlist of the Pentagon’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, or CTTSO . Released on Wednesday, the office’s broad agency announcement , or BAA, emphasizes drones and ways to counter misinformation. Here are...

Newly Revealed Experiment Shows How F-35 Could Help Intercept ICBMs

December 7, 2017 Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., raised more than a few eyebrows (and drew a few rolled eyes) when he suggested in November that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could intercept North Korean missiles headed for the United States. Hunter cited analysis from Los Alamos National Labs and other sources, according to...

Newly Revealed Experiment Shows How F-35 Could Help Intercept ICBMs

December 6, 2017 Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., raised more than a few eyebrows (and drew a few rolled eyes ) when he suggested in November that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could intercept North Korean missiles headed for the United States. Hunter cited analysis from Los Alamos National Labs and other sources, according...

Northrop Tests Spy Drones That Deploy in a Fake Bomb

December 6, 2017 The future of aerial drones behind enemy lines won’t necessarily be big unmanned aircraft like the Reaper taking off from runways and flying hundreds of miles into the teeth of enemy air defenses. Instead, defense contractor Northrop Grumman has developed a small, disposable drone that fits inside a shell that...

Northrop Tests Spy Drones That Deploy in a Fake Bomb

December 5, 2017 The future of aerial drones behind enemy lines won’t necessarily be big unmanned aircraft like the Reaper taking off from runways and flying hundreds of miles into the teeth of enemy air defenses. Instead, defense contractor Northrop Grumman has developed a small, disposable drone that fits inside a shell that...

USAF General on Countering North Korea: ‘The Enemy Has Closed the Gap’

December 4, 2017 How badly did the United States underestimate the pace of North Korea’s missile development? Here’s Gen. Robin Rand, who leads Air Force Global Strike Command: “We’ve got to get humping,” he said. Rand rattled off a variety of programs and modernization efforts, such as the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program —...