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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, where he served for nine years. Tucker's writing on emerging technology also has appeared in Slate, The Sun, MIT Technology Review, Wilson Quarterly, The American Legion Magazine, BBC News Magazine and Utne Reader among other publications.
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Vickers: Boots on the Ground Not Necessary for Intel in Iraq

November 20, 2014 Everyone from the president of the United States to the head of Cyber Command has acknowledged that the rise of the Islamic State represents a huge intelligence failure for the United States, a failure that’s been blamed on the withdrawal of troops in 2011. But the solution to the intel ...

This Robot Military Supply Helicopter Could Soon Be Fighting Wildfires

November 18, 2014 The robotic K-MAX medium lift helicopter proved very effective in Afghanistan where, in 33 months of war, the Marines successfully completed some 2,000 cargo and supply sorties with just two of the unmanned birds. “From our standpoint, we were able to take convoys off the road and our soldiers out ...

The Pentagon’s New Offset Strategy Includes Robots

November 17, 2014 In the decades following the end of World War II, U.S. military efforts to contain the Soviet Union resulted in the creation of breakthrough technologies like GPS and modern computers, as well as capabilities such as global nuclear deterrence. What are the game-changing innovations that will yield similar decisive advantage ...

Five Things You Could Buy for the Price of an F-35

November 13, 2014 The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military weapons program in human history. But what does that mean? If you factor in the full cost of maintaining a fleet of aircraft for 56 years, the price of an individual fighter is more than $670 million. That’s literally worth ...

Five Things You Could Buy for the Price of an F-35

November 13, 2014 The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military weapons program in human history. But what does that mean? If you factor in the full cost of maintaining a fleet of aircraft for 56 years, the price of an individual fighter is more than $670 million. That’s literally worth ...

Public Increasingly Wary of the NSA, Poll Finds

November 12, 2014 During his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year, Adm. Michael Rogers, now commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said that he saw it as his job as the head of the NSA to change public attitudes toward the NSA’s activities. Public concern about NSA ...

Five Things You Can Buy For An F-35

November 11, 2014 The​ F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military weapons program in human history. But what does that mean? If you factor in the full cost of maintaining a fleet of aircraft for 56 years, the price of an individual fighter is more than $670 million. That’s literally worth ...

The Cyborg Medicine of Tomorrow Is Inside the Veteran of Today

November 10, 2014 Super strong mechanical appendages and brain implants are common fixtures of a science-fictional future. More and more, American veterans are arriving at that future before the rest of us. As a result of military-funded programs, vets are becoming the research platform for cybernetic technologies that are decades beyond commercial state ...

The Military Wants New Technologies To Fight Drones

November 6, 2014 At the end of October, the Pentagon put out a request for information, or RFI, for new technologies “countering” commercial drones that are armed with chemical, biological, or massively destructive weapons. Specifically, the request asks for ideas on “emerging technologies, technical applications and their potential to counter a low-cost, small/man ...

Are the Night Vision Goggles Used in the Bin Laden Raid Really Classified?

November 3, 2014 Matt Bissonette, the former Navy SEAL in hot water for writing a book about the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is accused of disclosing classified information about special night vision goggles worn during the operation. But are the high-tech goggles really classified? Among the said-to-be-classified items referenced ...