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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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White House: No Cyber Attack Pact with China, For Now

September 22, 2015 During his visit to Washington, D.C., this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping was expected to sign an historic “cyber arms agreement” with the United States, under which each would agree to adhere to U.N.-established norms of online behavior, the most important of which was not to attack the other’s infrastructure...

Will Subdrones Cause World War III?

September 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Do a Google image search for “armed drone” and you’ll see General Atomics Reapers outfitted with Hellfire missiles, perhaps soaring over the sandy plains of Iraq, Syria, or somewhere in Africa. In the future, the phrase may come to mean something very different. The next frontier for drone technology—and particularly...

The Next Wave of Cyberattacks Won’t Steal Data — They’ll Change It

September 10, 2015 The big attacks that have been disclosed so far in 2015 involved the theft of data, and a lot of it. Some 21 million personnel records were taken from the Office of Personnel Management, likely by China, while 4,000 records, some with “sensitive” information, were stolen from the Joint Chiefs...

US Spy Chief ‘Pretty Confident’ He’ll Know If Iran Cheats on Nuclear Deal

September 9, 2015 America’s top spy says he’s “pretty confident” that the U.S. will be able tell whether Iran is cheating on the proposed nuclear deal, thanks in part to special new tools the intelligence community has developed to buttress inspections and international monitoring efforts. As opponents of the deal rallied a mile...

Around Government

September 8, 2015 When Bots Call the Shots Fast-forward 35 years: Human troops might not control the fight. Faster “battle rhythm” will increasingly push human beings out of the decision-making loop, according to thought leaders from the Defense Department, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the Institute for Defense Analysis and academia at a...

The Fallacy of Threat Detection

September 8, 2015 This summer, when a young Kuwaiti-born citizen named Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez killed four Marines and one sailor near Chattanooga, Tennessee, the chattering classes quickly took to the airwaves, like a Greek chorus asking the Fates: Why didn’t anyone predict this would happen? “Nothing helped us predict this, and it makes...

Will Subdrones Cause World War III?

September 7, 2015 Do a Google image search for “armed drone” and you’ll see General Atomics Reapers outfitted with Hellfire missiles, perhaps soaring over the sandy plains of Iraq, Syria, or somewhere in Africa. In the future, the phrase may come to mean something very different. The next frontier for drone technology—and particularly...

The Subatomic Race to Harness Quantum Science

September 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An assortment of super powers awaits the superpower that harnesses quantum science: unhackable communications, radars that see underground, supercomputers that make today’s biggest machines look like first-generation Ataris. But which of those goals are achievable in the near future, and at what cost? Earlier this summer, the Pentagon announced a...

The Subatomic Race to Harness Quantum Science

September 3, 2015 An assortment of super powers awaits the superpower that harnesses quantum science: unhackable communications, radars that see underground, supercomputers that make today’s biggest machines look like first-generation Ataris. But which of those goals are achievable in the near future, and at what cost? Earlier this summer, the Pentagon announced a...

The Warship of the Future: Lasers, Holograms and 3-D Printed Drones

September 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you thought the battleship era faded after World War II, just wait a few decades. A group of British designers with the Startpoint group have revealed concept art for a future warship called Dreadnought 2050, the product of an open-thought experiment at the informal request of the U.K. Ministry...