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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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Many of the US Military’s Newest Weapons Have Major Cyber Vulnerabilities: GAO

October 9, 2018 Many U.S. weapons have “mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities,” including some currently under development and some whose flaws were first identified years ago, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, or GAO. In an investigation that began in July 2017 and concluded this month, GAO testers discovered some shocking...

Microsoft Announces ‘Secret’ Cloud Capability, Closes In on Amazon

October 9, 2018 Microsoft officials announced Tuesday that the company had achieved the required security levels to host secret U.S. military and intelligence data on its could computer network, Azure, and claimed they were on track to to host “top secret” information soon. The developments put the computer giant in closer competition with...

Winning “Like War”: A Conversation about Social Media and Conflict with Peter Singer

October 5, 2018 Having explored themes of future war in his books Wired for War and Ghost Fleet, Peter W. Singer turns to the online dimension in Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media (HMH, co-authored with Emerson Brooking). This conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Defense One: You note that...

New Tool Fights Fake News by Exposing the Websites That Create It

October 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many sites that generate fake news — disinformation masquerading as truth — share characteristics that distinguish them from journalistic outlets, according to researchers from MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute, who incorporated several of those characteristics into a dataset and then trained an algorithm to identify them. Their work...

New Tool Fights Fake News by Exposing the Websites That Create It

October 4, 2018 Many sites that generate fake news — disinformation masquerading as truth — share characteristics that distinguish them from journalistic outlets, according to researchers from MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute, who incorporated several of those characteristics into a dataset and then trained an algorithm to identify them. Their work...

DHS Aims to Replace Slow, Outdated Bioterror-Detection System

September 27, 2018 In order to fight next-generation biological threats, the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, is revamping the way the government collects, uses, monitors and distributes information. The hope is to get something that works far faster than the system in use today to catch a pandemic before it starts. Biological...

Ukraine is Building a Mosquito Navy to Fend Off Russia, With US Help

September 26, 2018 For some months, Russian vessels have grown increasingly aggressive toward Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Now Ukraine is marshalling a bigger response, with U.S. help. On Thursday, Ukrainian officials will take possession of two U.S. Coast Guard Island-class cutters in Baltimore. The transfer comes...

DHS Aims to Replace Slow, Outdated Bioterror-Detection System

September 26, 2018 In order to fight next-generation biological threats, the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, is revamping the way the government collects, uses, monitors and distributes information. The hope is to get something that works far faster than the system in use today to catch a pandemic before it starts. Biological...

The Pentagon’s New Ambassador to Silicon Valley Is Hawkish on China

September 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Michael Brown, the former Symantec CEO who just became the new head of the Defense Innovation Unit, believes that the United States must act now to avoid further falling behind China in a tech race. In a recent interview, several of his goals and recommendations struck a very un-Trumpian tone....

The Pentagon’s New Ambassador to Silicon Valley Is Hawkish on China

September 25, 2018 Michael Brown, the former Symantec CEO who just became the new head of the Defense Innovation Unit, believes that the United States must act now to avoid further falling behind China in a tech race. In a recent interview, several of his goals and recommendations struck a very un-Trumpian tone....