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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 Is Speeding Up Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia, Other Allies

May 24, 2018 TAMPA, Florida — The Pentagon is speeding up U.S. weapons deliveries to allied militaries such as Saudi Arabia, Romania, Japan, and South Korea through new “pilot authorities” that change how it can design and execute contracts. “We have a whole variety of specific programs where we are focused on applying...

Pentagon Is Speeding Up Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia, Other Allies

May 23, 2018 TAMPA, Florida — The Pentagon is speeding up U.S. weapons deliveries to allied militaries such as Saudi Arabia, Romania, Japan, and South Korea through new “pilot authorities” that change how it can design and execute contracts. “We have a whole variety of specific programs where we are focused on applying...

Houthis ‘Softening,’ But UAE Minister Says Yemen Security Could Still Require Foreign Troops

May 21, 2018 BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The Houthi rebellion in Yemen is “softening” under military pressure from the coalition of Saudi, United Arab Emirates, U.S. and others there, according to the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs. But the possibility of a prolonged coalition presence in Yemen after the rebellion ends is...

Is Telegram Secure? French Terror Arrest Raises New Questions About Messaging App

May 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Paris police have charged a French suspect with planning a terror attack, citing messages sent with the secure-messaging Telegram app. “We were able to detect them, detect this attack plan and were able to arrest them,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told BFM TV. He said two...

Is Telegram Secure? French Terror Arrest Raises New Questions About Messaging App

May 18, 2018 BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Paris police have charged a French suspect with planning a terror attack, citing messages sent with the secure-messaging Telegram app. "We were able to detect them, detect this attack plan and were able to arrest them," French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told BFM TV. He said two...

How NATO’s Transformation Chief Is Pushing the Alliance to Keep Up in AI

May 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — It’s never been easy to get all of NATO’s members on the same technological page, but it may never have been this important. With Russia and China pouring resources into artificial intelligence, the alliance’s transformation chief is pushing his forces to keep up. NATO’s next major exercise...

How NATO’s Transformation Chief Is Pushing the Alliance to Keep Up in AI

May 18, 2018 BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — It’s never been easy to get all of NATO’s members on the same technological page, but it may never have been this important. With Russia and China pouring resources into artificial intelligence, the alliance’s transformation chief is pushing his forces to keep up. NATO’s next major exercise...

Spies Are Going After US Supply Chains, Intel Agencies Say

May 16, 2018 President Trump astounded many in Washington on Sunday by vowing to rescue ZTE, the Chinese manufacturer whose mobile phones are viewed as a security threat by the U.S. intelligence community. America’s own spies have been warning that China and other potential adversaries might seek to weaken U.S. security through the...

Microsoft Invades Amazon’s Turf in Spookville

May 16, 2018 The U.S. intelligence community has inked a contract to expand its use of Microsoft Azure cloud services for government, which will better enable it to use a suite of “intelligent algorithms” — a deal that just might help the Seattle-based company in the looming fight for a truly massive Pentagon...

A Criminal Gang Used a Drone Swarm To Obstruct an FBI Hostage Raid

May 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow DENVER, Colorado — Last winter, on the outskirts of a large U.S.city, an FBI Hostage Rescue Team set up an elevated observation post to assess an unfolding situation. Soon they heard the buzz of small drones — and then the tiny aircraft were all around them, swooping past in a...