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Patrick Tucker

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.
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.
Defense

Air Force Recommends Space Command Move to Alabama

With one week left on the job, Secretary Barrett picked Huntsville. The decision, however, is not final.

Defense

It's Harder to Boot Right-Wing Extremists from Social Media Than ISIS

There are various reasons why. But studies suggest it’s still worth the effort.

Defense

US Space Force Becomes 18th Member of U.S. Intelligence Community

Growing threats to U.S. space assets require more intelligence collaboration, senior official says.

Defense

U.S. Capitol Now More Vulnerable As a Result of Wednesday’s Mob Attack, Former DHS Official Says

A lack of coordination among authorities was evident and will make securing the seat of legislature harder.

Management

For Pentagon, Biden Picks Two Obama-era Policy Veterans to Help Austin

After passing on Flournoy, Biden taps Kathleen Hicks and Colin Kahl to be Austin's deputy defense secretary and undersecretary for policy.

Defense

Acting Defense Secretary Visits Troops in Afghanistan

Trump's designee returned 19 years after serving here, this time to oversee a controversial order to rush troops out before Joe Biden is sworn in.

Defense

Amid Massive Hack, Lawmakers Urge Trump to Sign Defense Bill with New Cybersecurity Legislation

As the government scrambles to understand the widening compromise, legislation to shore up the nation’s cyber defenses sits unsigned on the President’s desk.

Defense

National Guard Helping to Roll Out COVID Vaccine

Guardsman will divvy up some vaccine batches, backfill medical staff in nursing homes and prisons.

Defense

The Pentagon Is Ill-Organized to Improve Its Use of Electromagnetic Spectrum, GAO Says

Old ways and means are quickly becoming obsolete — but spectrum issues remain everyone’s second job.

Defense

US Military to Start Vaccinating Troops, Behind Russia and China

DOD has picked 16 sites for a “controlled pilot” COVID vaccination program.

Defense

Soldiers Don’t Trust Robot Battle Buddies. Can Virtual Training Fix That?

Allowing soldiers to train their robot wingmen in game environments could be the key to human-machine teaming.

Tech

Trump Fires DHS Exec Who Disputed President's Baseless Election Fraud Claims

After helping to keep the election secure from hackers, the CISA director turned to refuting the baseless claims of the president.

Defense

US Army Aims to Convert Navy Missiles for Remote-Launched Strikes

If experiments prove out, one soldier-operator will be able to pour fires from diverse launchers onto a target.

Defense

Myths About Vote Tampering Could Persist For Years, Say Experts

The huge follower counts of dedicated misinformers appear to outweigh efforts by journalists, government officials, and the social media platforms themselves.

Defense

Foreign Leaders Congratulate Biden, Ignore Trump’s Claim to Reelection

NATO allies France, Germany, and UK quickly recognized the president-elect’s win. Turkey and Russia remain quiet.

Defense

A Big 2020 Election Hack Never Came. Here’s Why

America’s cyber defenders are getting more proactive — and more chatty.

Defense

U.S. Elections Are Safer From Foreign Interference, But Gaps Remain

Four years after a big wake-up call, federal, state and local governments are working harder and more closely to ward off threats.

Defense

What Would a Second Trump Term Mean For Foreign Policy?

The nuts and bolts may shift, but the approach is likely to stay the same.

Defense

Intelligence Experts Suspicious of DNI Ratcliffe On Laptop Story

The chief of the U.S. intelligence community appeared to pre-judge the conclusions of an active FBI investigation.