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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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What A Nuclear Missile Attack On Hawaii Would Look Like

January 19, 2018 Minutes after the people of Hawaii received an emergency alert on their phones last week, they began calling loved ones to issue tearful goodbyes and putting their children in storm drains. This tells you that the government has a long way to go to better educate people about the realities...

Here’s How to Stop Squelching New Ideas, Eric Schmidt’s Advisory Board Tells DoD

January 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “DoD does not have an innovation problem; it has an innovation adoption problem,” reads one of the new recommendations from the Defense Innovation Board. It even has an “innovation theater” problem: the preference for small cosmetic steps over actual change. The advisory is chaired by former Alphabet chief executive Eric...

As America’s Nukes and Sensors Get More Connected, the Risk of Cyber Attack Is Growing

January 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Building nuclear weapons and warning systems that can be relied upon is harder than it was during the Cold War, thanks to the growing number of digital connections between various parts of the nuclear enterprise. Those links are intended to improve everything from commanders’ response times to the accuracy of...

Here’s How to Stop Squelching New Ideas, Eric Schmidt’s Advisory Board Tells DoD

January 17, 2018 “DoD does not have an innovation problem; it has an innovation adoption problem,” reads one of the new recommendations from the Defense Innovation Board. It even has an “innovation theater” problem: the preference for small cosmetic steps over actual change. The advisory is chaired by former Alphabet chief executive Eric...

As America’s Nukes and Sensors Get More Connected, the Risk of Cyber Attack Is Growing

January 17, 2018 Building nuclear weapons and warning systems that can be relied upon is harder than it was during the Cold War, thanks to the growing number of digital connections between various parts of the nuclear enterprise. Those links are intended to improve everything from commanders’ response times to the accuracy of...

As America’s Nukes and Sensors Get More Connected, the Risk of Cyber Attack Is Growing

January 17, 2018 Building nuclear weapons and warning systems that can be relied upon is harder than it was during the Cold War, thanks to the growing number of digital connections between various parts of the nuclear enterprise. Those links are intended to improve everything from commanders’ response times to the accuracy of...

Why the President’s FISA Fix Is Bad News For Privacy, Good News for Russian Agents

January 13, 2018 Thursday brought President Trump two things he sought: new restrictions on how and when the U.S. government can reveal the names of Americans who come to the attention of intelligence agencies, and a House vote to reauthorize the law that permits those agencies to eavesdrop on foreigners and virtually any...

Tomorrow’s Cargo Drones Won’t Look Much Like Today’s Helicopters

January 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Boeing’s newest prototype drone is a skeletal, squarish quadrotor built as a “flying test bed to mature the building blocks of autonomous technology for future applications,” the aircraft maker said in a statement. Measuring 15 feet wide and 18 long, the Cargo Air Vehicle represents Boeing’s next step in its...

Tomorrow's Cargo Drones Won't Look Much Like Today's Helicopters

January 10, 2018 Boeing’s newest prototype drone is a skeletal, squarish quadrotor built as a “flying test bed to mature the building blocks of autonomous technology for future applications,” the aircraft maker said in a statement. Measuring 15 feet wide and 18 long, the Cargo Air Vehicle represents Boeing’s next step in its...

How the (Likely) Next NSA/CyberCom Chief Wants to Enlist AI

January 10, 2018 The Army general likely to be tapped to head U.S. Cyber Command and the NSA has some big plans for deploying cyber forces and using artificial intelligence in information attacks. Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, who currently leads U.S. Army Cyber Command, is expected to nominated in the next few months...