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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor, Defense One

Patrick Tucker
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.
Defense

The U.S. military is buying electric jet-ski robots

Tests will see whether battery-powered personal watercraft can help with search-and-rescue

Defense

U.S. soldiers offer a virtual help desk for Ukraine fighters

U.S. maintenance specialists communicate via encrypted chatrooms to help Ukrainians modify and repair weapons.

Defense

U.S. trails China in key tech areas, new report warns

Ex-Google, DOD leaders paint dire picture unless U.S. organizes to win technology races.

Cybersecurity

Iranian hacker group posed as journalists to hunt dissidents

Group spent weeks trying to fool specific targets with intricate appeals—including U.S campaign staff.

Cybersecurity

An experiment showed that the military must change Its cybersecurity approach

The Defense Department’s current “checklist” approach can’t keep its networks safe.

Defense

Space runs on open source software. The U.S. Air Force is fine with that

Commercial space players don’t have the same security concerns as the Pentagon, but that doesn’t mean they can’t share code.

Defense

Marines look to a future where more authority, intel moves to the edge

Commandant sees empowered battlefield commanders, and new support roles further from the front lines.

Defense

More reality checks could help keep DOD programs on time and on budget, GAO says

The Pentagon has long espoused “knowledge-based acquisition,” but doesn’t insist on it.

Cybersecurity

White House sounds alarm on threat from quantum computers

New directive orders the government to work with industry on security that can stand up to tomorrow’s quantum-powered decryption tools.

DHS manipulated report on Russian election interference during the Trump administration, watchdog says

A 2020 report to state and local governments was delayed and altered, a new IG report finds.

Defense

AI is already learning from Russia’s war in Ukraine, DOD says

Today’s battlefield data is helping smart machines model the wars of the future.

Defense

Moscow retaliates as online giants take steps to stem disinformation

As Kremlin limits access to Twitter and Facebook, Western observers say the tech companies' moves are years late.

Defense

More cyberattacks disable Ukrainian websites

Wednesday’s denial-of-service attacks on government, financial sites resemble earlier ones attributed to Russia.

Cybersecurity

U.S. companies warned to prepare for Russian cyberattacks

DOJ’s Lisa Monaco warns industry to harden defenses; Ukraine’s foreign weapons systems are a likely target for Russian hackers.

Defense

Mike Bloomberg named chair of Defense Innovation Board

The former New York City mayor and billionaire replaces Mark Sirangelo.