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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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Nuclear Weapons Are Getting Less Predictable, and More Dangerous

May 16, 2019 On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met his counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, to discuss, among many things, the prospect of a new, comprehensive nuclear-weapons treaty with Russia and China. At the same time, the Pentagon is developing a new generation of nuclear weapons to keep up...

The FBI Has 850 Open Domestic Terrorism Investigations

May 9, 2019 A rise in domestic extremism has U.S. law enforcement officials scrambling to keep up. Currently, the FBI has 850 active investigations into domestic terrorism, up from last year, a top counterterrorism official told Congress on Wednesday. Officials couldn’t compare it to a year before but, when asked, said the number...

The FBI Has 850 Open Domestic Terrorism Investigations

May 8, 2019 A rise in domestic extremism has U.S. law enforcement officials scrambling to keep up. Currently, the FBI has 850 active investigations into domestic terrorism, up from last year, a top counterterrorism official told Congress on Wednesday. Officials couldn’t compare it to a year before but, when asked, said the number...

US Military Testing Whether Human Pilots Can Trust Robot Wingmen in a Dogfight

May 7, 2019 A U.S. military research program is advancing the study of humans and machines working together by testing how well pilots and artificially intelligent entities trust each other in one of the most challenging of tasks: aerial combat, or dogfighting. The idea behind DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution, or ACE, program, is...

Admiral: The US Is ‘Operating Blind’ In the Arctic

May 6, 2019 When it comes to predicting fluctuations in Arctic weather, the United States is “operating in the blind,” the U.S. Navy’s chief meteorologist said Monday. The northern polar region is heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the globe, creating wildly variable weather and conditions that don’t happen...

Fighter Jets with Missile-Killing Lasers Take Another Step Toward Reality

May 4, 2019 A successful ground test has moved the U.S. military one big step closer to putting anti-missile lasers on its aircraft. A ground-based laser shot down “several” missiles in flight during an April 23 test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Air Force officials said. Run by the...

Pentagon Warns Of China’s Rise in the Arctic, Missile Subs, Influence Operations

May 3, 2019 China is becoming a rising power not only in consumer technology and artificial intelligence but also in Arctic military operations and nuclear submarine construction, according to a new report from the Pentagon. “Arctic border countries have raised concerns about China’s expanding capabilities and interest in the region,” notes the report,...

Fighter Jets with Missile-Killing Lasers Take Another Step Toward Reality

May 3, 2019 A successful ground test has moved the U.S. military one big step closer to putting anti-missile lasers on its aircraft. A ground-based laser shot down “several” missiles in flight during an April 23 test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Air Force officials said. Run by the...

Pentagon Warns Of China’s Rise in the Arctic, Missile Subs, Influence Operations

May 2, 2019 China is becoming a rising power not only in consumer technology and artificial intelligence but also in Arctic military operations and nuclear submarine construction, according to a new report from the Pentagon. “Arctic border countries have raised concerns about China’s expanding capabilities and interest in the region,” notes the report,...

Maduro’s Media Crackdown Fails as Protests Overwhelm Caracas

April 30, 2019 Tuesday's escalation in violence in Caracas is a sign that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to suffocate his opposition and their protests via information backout have not worked as planned. As the protest began to unfold, the regime shut down aspects of public transportation to keep people from the protests...