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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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‘Jihadi John’ and the Future of the Biometrics Terror Hunt

February 27, 2015 On Thursday, the Washington Post and BBC publicly identified Mohammed Emwazi, a British-educated, Kuwaiti-born man in his mid 20s, as “Jihadi John,” the Islamic State frontman who executed several hostages on camera, to the world’s horror. “We will not comment on ongoing investigations and therefore are not in a position ...

Clapper Says People in Mosul May Be Getting Sick of ISIS

February 26, 2015 Terrorism has reached a crisis point unseen in the 45 years that the Pentagon has been compiling such data, the nation’s top spy said on Thursday, giving Congress a grim analysis of the threats facing the nation. The clear leader among terrorist groups concerning the intelligence community, he indicated, remains ...

How the Military Will Fight ISIS on the Dark Web

February 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Dark Web is not so much a place as it is a method of achieving a level of anonymity online. It refers to websites that mask the IP addresses of the servers on which they reside, making it impossible to know who or what is behind the site or ...

How the Military Will Fight ISIS on the Dark Web

February 24, 2015 The Dark Web is not so much a place as it is a method of achieving a level of anonymity online. It refers to web sites that mask the IP addresses of the servers on which they reside, making it impossible to know who or what is behind the site ...

Obama To Sell Armed Drones To More Countries

February 17, 2015 The State Department on Tuesday announced that the United States would be expanding the sale of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, to carefully selected allied countries. The announcement suggests that strategic partners – especially in the Middle East -- could acquire American-made armed drones before the year is out. ...

Here Come the Drones: FAA Announces Civilian Rules

February 15, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration announced proposed guidelines to govern the way non-military drone aircraft operate in United States airspace. Many drone watchers were anticipating strict rules dictating that drone operators obtain a pilot license to fly drones commercially, which would severely limit drones’ commercial use. Instead, the FAA has apparently ...

The Marines Are Building Robotic War Balls

February 12, 2015 Establishing a beachhead on enemy-held turf is historically one of the most dangerous jobs in warfare, just ask Achilles. But the robotic age may make it slightly less so. A research team from Stamford, Conn. has developed an amphibious drone that they are currently testing with the Marines. The GuardBot ...

'Dramatic Improvement' in US and European Intel Sharing Because of ISIS

February 11, 2015 More than ever, European countries are voluntarily providing the United States with large amounts of information about their citizens, particularly as those citizens attempt to travel, the nation’s top counterterrorism official said. Compared to the summer of 2013, U.S. intelligence professionals have seen a "pendulum swing" in the willingness of ...

Military Looking To Give Troops Super Sensing Abilities

February 10, 2015 The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, DARPA, on Tuesday announced a new program to give troops unprecedented situational awareness, the ability to sense threats more than half a mile away (1,000 meters) and to understand the location of all of their team even in environments with degraded communications and no ...

How US Technology Could Help Ukraine Without ‘Arming’ It

February 9, 2015 The question of whether or not to arm the Ukrainian military against Russian-backed separatists is quickly becoming contentious, both inside of Washington and also between the United States and its allies. But the debate misses a key point: The majority of the equipment that the Ukrainian military is asking for ...