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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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Project Maven Overseer Will Lead Pentagon’s New AI Center

December 14, 2018 Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, who oversaw the Pentagon’s controversial Project Maven artificial intelligence project, will lead its new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC, according to Pentagon officials who spoke to Defense One on background and individuals directly familiar with the matter. The new JAIC will coordinate artificial intelligence research...

The Government’s Bioterror-Response Website May Be Leaking Sensitive Data

December 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government’s chief tool to coordinate responses to bioterror events has for years suffered from big security problems, according to Homeland Security Department inspectors and a former employee. For more than 15 years, the United State’s first line of defense against a major biological incident has been a program...

The Government’s Bioterror-Response Website May Be Leaking Sensitive Data

December 14, 2018 The U.S. government’s chief tool to coordinate responses to bioterror events has for years suffered from big security problems, according to DHS inspectors and a former employee. For more than 15 years, the United State’s first line of defense against a major biological incident has been a program called BioWatch....

The Government’s Bioterror-Response Website May Be Leaking Sensitive Data

December 13, 2018 The U.S. government’s chief tool to coordinate responses to bioterror events has for years suffered from big security problems, according to DHS inspectors and a former employee. For more than 15 years, the United State’s first line of defense against a major biological incident has been a program called BioWatch....

Russia Launched Cyber Attacks Against Ukraine Before Ship Seizures, Firm Says

December 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian government-affiliated actors launched coordinated cyber attacks against Ukrainian government and military targets before and during the attack and seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors on November 25, a private intelligence firm announced this week. The attacks appeared to be aimed at stealing information that would have been relevant to...

Russia Launched Cyber Attacks Against Ukraine Before Ship Seizures, Firm Says

December 7, 2018 Russian government-affiliated actors launched coordinated cyber attacks against Ukrainian government and military targets before and during the attack and seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors on November 25, a private intelligence firm announced this week. The attacks appeared to be aimed at stealing information that would have been relevant to...

The F-35 Is About to Get A Lot Smarter

December 7, 2018 War in the 21st century runs on data, a lot of it in the case of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Mission Data Files that inform F-35 deployments and missions can take up to 18 months to compile, bringing in info on everything from enemy radar and anti-aircraft missiles...

The F-35 Is About to Get A Lot Smarter

December 6, 2018 War in the 21st century runs on data, a lot of it in the case of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Mission Data Files that inform F-35 deployments and missions can take up to 18 months to compile, bringing in info on everything from enemy radar and anti-aircraft missiles...

The US Military Is Genetically Engineering New Life Forms To Detect Enemy Subs

December 1, 2018 How do you detect submarines in an expanse as large as the ocean? The U.S. military hopes that common marine microorganisms might be genetically engineered into living tripwires to signal the passage of enemy subs, underwater vessels, or even divers. It’s one of many potential military applications for so-called engineered...

Ukraine: Intercepted Communications Suggest Kremlin Directed Azov Sea Crisis

November 26, 2018 Shortly after Russian forces seized three Ukranian warships and detained several of their crew in the Sea of Azov over the weekend, the Ukrainian General Staff posted what they call intercepted communications between the Russian sailors and their commanders ashore. In the recording, one sailor says that the attack was...