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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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Army Chief Confirms U.S. Will Hand off ISIS Fight in Syria

11:14 AM ET For the first time, a senior U.S. military official has commented on President Trump’s late-December decision to quit Syria, confirming publicly that American troops are planning to leave once ISIS is defeated on the ground. “We are determined to finish that off and then hand the battle off to our...

Zap: How Electric Therapy Is Curing Navy SEALs of PTSD … And Could Remake Brain Science

January 20, 2019 Tony didn’t know what to expect when he walked into the Brain Treatment Center in San Diego, California, last spring. The former Navy SEAL only knew that he needed help. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan was taking a heavy toll on his mental and physical wellbeing. He had trouble...

Trump’s New Missile Policy Relies Heavily on Largely Unproven Technologies

January 17, 2019 President Donald Trump took to a Pentagon podium on Thursday to paint a picture of a gathering storm — a not-too-distant storm of long-range, defense-evading enemy missiles. “All over, foreign adversaries, competitors, and rogue regimes are steadily enhancing their missile arsenals...Their arsenals are getting bigger and stronger,” Trump said. “They're...

Pentagon to Study Putting Anti-Missile Laser Weapons in Space

January 16, 2019 The Defense Department will study the possibility of space weapons — perhaps particle beams, ray guns, space lasers, or orbiting missiles — that could intercept enemy missiles coming off the launch pad, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the Missile Defense Review, due out on Thursday....

Army Chief Confirms US Will Hand off ISIS Fight in Syria

January 16, 2019 For the first time, a senior U.S. military official has commented on President Trump’s late-December decision to quit Syria, confirming publicly that American troops are planning to leave once ISIS is defeated on the ground. “We are determined to finish that off and then hand the battle off to our...

4 US troops believed dead in Syria; DIA’s China report; Shutdown, Day 25; DPRK negotiator in DC; And a bit more.

January 16, 2019 Developing: four Americans are believed to have been killed along with nearly a dozen nearby Syrians in an ISIS-claimed suicide attack today in Manbij, Syria, at about 1 p.m. local time. Initial reports of the attack surfaced on social media shortly before the sun rose in Washington. According to the...

Ukraine Is Buying New Combat Drones…From Turkey

January 14, 2019 As if the relationship between Turkey and Russia couldn’t get any more complex, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced over the weekend that his government will purchase a dozen Turk-made Bayraktar TB2 combat drones for $69 million. Since the Ukrainian military is engaged in conflict with Russian-backed forces, it’s anyone’s guess...

How AI Will Find You In the Crowd, Without Facial Recognition

January 14, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Media and privacy advocates have devoted a lot of attention to facial recognition as a means to identify, and then surveil, specific individuals in public. But facial recognition works far better on mugshots than in crowded public spaces where lighting, camera angles, and obscuring objects can’t be controlled. And yet...

How AI Will Find You In the Crowd, Without Facial Recognition

January 11, 2019 Media and privacy advocates have devoted a lot of attention to facial recognition as a means to identify, and then surveil, specific individuals in public. But facial recognition works far better on mugshots than in crowded public spaces where lighting, camera angles, and obscuring objects can’t be controlled. And yet...

Report: Iran Is Likely Setting Stage for International Phishing Campaign

January 11, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Phishing attacks only work when the target takes the bait. The email containing the link or attachment that will compromise the target’s computer has to look legitimate, from a recognizable domain. A new report says that someone — likely Iran — has been hijacking domains related to entities across the...