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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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US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

February 8, 2018 In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years. The demonstration was part of the annual Northern Strike...

The Marines Are Giving Quadcopters to Every Squad

February 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Marines now are giving small, unmanned quadcopters to every squad so they can practice and drill with drones and robots. The drones will play a role in everything from beach assaults to training. “They’re going fast. We’re talking about [sending] two hundred a month,” said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh,...

DHS’s New Plan for Refugee Screening Looks a Lot Like TSA PreCheck

February 7, 2018 Refugees from 11 "high risk" countries whom the Trump administration tried to bar from the United States will once again be allowed to enter—if they clear a new, additional set of background checks, a senior administration official said Jan. 29. That puts an end to the “travel ban” that the...

How Long Did the US Government Know about Spectre and Meltdown?

February 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Did the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, hide two of the largest computer flaws in history from the rest of the U.S. government? Or did they fudge how badly the vulnerabilities caught them by surprise? On Jan. 2, the world learned that many CPUs manufactured by Intel expose supposedly-protected...

The Marines Are Giving Quadcopters to Every Squad

February 6, 2018 The Marines now are giving small, unmanned quadcopters to every squad so they can practice and drill with drones and robots. The drones will play a role in everything from beach assaults to training. “They’re going fast. We’re talking about [sending] two hundred a month,” said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh,...

How Long Did the US Government Know about Spectre and Meltdown?

February 6, 2018 Did the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, hide two of the largest computer flaws in history from the rest of the U.S. government? Or did they fudge how badly the vulnerabilities caught them by surprise? On Jan. 2, the world learned that many CPUs manufactured by Intel expose supposedly-protected...

No, the U.S. Won’t Respond to A Cyberattack with Nukes

February 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The idea that the U.S. is building new low-yield nuclear weapons to respond to a cyberattack is “not true,” military leaders told reporters in the runup to the Friday release of the new Nuclear Posture Review. “The people who say we lowered the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons...

No, the US Won’t Respond to A Cyber Attack with Nukes

February 2, 2018 The idea that the U.S. is building new low-yield nuclear weapons to respond to a cyber attack is “not true,” military leaders told reporters in the runup to the Friday release of the new Nuclear Posture Review. “The people who say we lowered the threshold for the use of nuclear...

The Military's Losing War Against Data Leakage

February 1, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon has long wrapped Diego Garcia in a veil of secrecy, barring media from the Indian Ocean island even as its base and airfield became a key node in America’s wars in the Middle East. But a hole appeared in the veil last Saturday, when a mobile fitness-tracking app...

Strava’s Just the Start: The US Military’s Losing War Against Data Leakage

January 31, 2018 The Pentagon has long wrapped Diego Garcia in a veil of secrecy, barring media from the Indian Ocean island even as its base and airfield became a key node in America’s wars in the Middle East. But a hole appeared in the veil last Saturday, when a mobile fitness-tracking app...