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Patrick Tucker

Patrick Tucker

Science & Technology Editor, Defense One

Patrick Tucker is science and 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.
Patrick Tucker is science and 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.
Defense

China’s Balloon May Have Taught Pentagon More Than Beijing Learned From It, General Says

Still, NORAD’s chief says the U.S. military took “precautions,” including “non-kinetic effects.”

Defense

New Institute Will Study How the Defense Department Manages Itself

To “compete on a global stage,” DOD must get a handle on its management practices, Deputy Defense Secretary says.

Defense

UFO Sightings By US Troops Surge

Intelligence officials cite recent efforts to reduce the stigma of reporting odd aerial phenomena. Many cases remain unexplained.

Defense

Zelensky to America: Our Fight Is Your Fight

“Your money is not charity," the Ukrainian president said, but "an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way.”

Defense

Why Defense Budgets Will Stay High After the Ukraine War

The war is exposing how European nations were underinvesting in defense, and the critical role that renewable energy will play in transatlantic security.

Defense

Ukraine Is Getting Nervous About Elon Musk

Kyiv is looking for alternatives to Musk’s Starlink internet terminals and worrying about rising misinformation on Twitter.

Defense

Deadly ‘Projectile’ in Poland Raises Tensions As Russian Strikes Pound Ukraine

AP says Russian missiles killed two on NATO territory, but Pentagon declines to corroborate report.

Defense

Why The Pentagon’s Crush on Elon Musk is Dangerous For Democracy

Once considered a cross between Thomas Edison and Moses, Musk is revealing himself to be an ill-informed, modern-day tyrant.

Defense

The U.S. Military Is Buying Electric Jet-ski Robots

Tests will see whether battery-powered personal watercraft can help with search-and-rescue

Defense

The US Weighs Escalation Risk As Ukraine Asks for Longer-range Missiles

Will ATACMS become the latest weapon that Washington has initially withheld, but ultimately given? 

Defense

‘We Need to Own the Heat The Way We Now Own Night,’ Pentagon Climate Expert Says

Tactical cooling vests and other adaptations will be needed as dangerous temperatures arrive on training ranges and in combat zones.

Oversight

Defense Department Record-Keeping Practices Are Hurting Oversight of Ukraine Aid, Inspector General Warns

The DoD watchdog previously teamed up with the State and USAID inspectors general for Ukraine-related oversight.

Management

More Reality Checks Could Help Keep Defense Programs on Time and Budget, GAO Says

The Pentagon has long espoused “knowledge-based acquisition,” but doesn’t insist on it.

Defense

US Pushing Monitoring Body to Extend Russian War-Crimes Inquest

The OSCE already did one fact-finding mission in March; U.S. diplomats are whipping up support for another.

Tech

White House Sounds Alarm on Threat from Quantum Computers

New directive orders the government to work with industry on security that can stand up to tomorrow’s quantum-powered decryption tools.

Defense

DHS Manipulated Report on Russian Election Interference During the Trump Administration, Watchdog Says

A 2020 report to state and local governments was delayed and altered, a new IG report finds.

Defense

What Does Musk's Purchase of Twitter Mean for Disinformation?

His free-speech values could undermine the site's efforts to stem foreign influence operations.