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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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Pentagon Wants Satellites That Can Dodge Incoming Fire

February 22, 2019 In the event of a shootout in space, the Defense Department is working to create satellite constellations that can dodge missiles or even satellite-based weapons, according to U.S. Air Force officials. “We have to give our mission systems an opportunity to participate in their own defense, give them a fighting...

Russian Attacks Hit US-European Think Tank Emails, Says Microsoft

February 21, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft has detected a new hacking campaign aimed at European think tanks doing work on election integrity in Europe. “At Microsoft, we’ve seen recent activity targeting democratic institutions in Europe as part of the work our Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) and Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) carry out every day to...

Russian Attacks Hit US-European Think Tank Emails, Says Microsoft

February 20, 2019 Microsoft has detected a new hacking campaign aimed at European think tanks doing work on election integrity in Europe. “At Microsoft, we’ve seen recent activity targeting democratic institutions in Europe as part of the work our Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) and Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) carry out every day to...

You Have 19 Minutes to React If the Russians Hack Your Network

February 20, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nineteen minutes. That’s how long the average victim of a Russian state-sponsored hacking group has to react before the initial penetration of a network becomes wider access, theft, and destruction, according to data published Monday by computer security company CrowdStrike. For comparison, the second-fastest groups were North Koreans, who needed...

You Have 19 Minutes to React If the Russians Hack Your Network

February 19, 2019 Nineteen minutes. That’s how long the average victim of a Russian state-sponsored hacking group has to react before the initial penetration of a network becomes wider access, theft, and destruction, according to data published today by computer security company CrowdStrike. By comparison, the second-fastest groups were North Koreans, who needed...

There’s a Big Obstacle to the Pentagon’s New Strategy to Speed AI to Troops

February 14, 2019 The Pentagon’s new artificial-intelligence strategy, released on Tuesday, aims to get AI out of research labs and into the hands of troops and employees across the Defense Department. But truly transforming the Defense Department into an “AI First” institution will require help from tech companies—and the military to rethink its...

There’s a Big Obstacle to the Pentagon’s New Strategy to Speed AI to Troops

February 14, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon’s new artificial-intelligence strategy, released on Tuesday, aims to get AI out of research labs and into the hands of troops and employees across the Defense Department. But truly transforming the Defense Department into an “AI First” institution will require help from tech companies—and the military to rethink its...

There’s a Big Obstacle to the Pentagon’s New Strategy to Speed AI to Troops

February 13, 2019 The Pentagon’s new artificial-intelligence strategy, released on Tuesday, aims to get AI out of research labs and into the hands of troops and employees across the Defense Department. But truly transforming the Defense Department into an “AI First” institution will require help from tech companies — and the military to...

Former Air Force Intelligence Officer Charged with Spying for Iran

February 13, 2019 A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence officer defected to Iran, disclosed classified information on secret operations, and provided valuable personal information on U.S. military personnel, according to a newly unsealed Department of Justice indictment. Justice officials said the Iranians used the information Monica Elfriede Witt gave them to target U.S....

China, Russia Building Attack Satellites and Space Lasers: Pentagon Report

February 12, 2019 China and Russia are developing lasers and a host of other anti-satellite weapons, according to a new Defense Intelligence Agency report that fleshes out concerns that Pentagon leaders have been highlighting for years. “Both states are developing jamming and cyberspace capabilities, directed energy weapons, on-orbit capabilities, and ground-based anti satellite...