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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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Could Cop Cams Have Prevented the Rise of the Islamic State?

August 22, 2014 Taser CEO Rick Smith is looking to expand sales of Taser products to the military, and not just their legendary stun guns, but also officer-mounted cameras and even cloud data services. He’s also looking to get them not just into the hands of U.S. soldiers, but also the foreign soldiers ...

The Pentagon Wants You to Help Them Find the Next Pandemic

August 15, 2014 Ever heard of Chikungunya? It’s a mosquito-borne virus that causes joint pain and fever and can be debilitating. It’s also spreading fast, having hit the Americas for the first time in decades at the end of last year and new cases were reported in Florida this last month. There is ...

Will Predictive Policing Make Militarized Police More Dangerous?

August 15, 2014 As images of Ferguson, Missouri’s AR-15 totting police force made their way across the Internet this week, an ever-concerned public began to wonder who decided to give cops in an American city the sort of guns and gear that we provide to soldiers in the most dangerous places in the ...

The Public Will Soon Be Able to Buy Military-Grade Satellite Images

August 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Wednesday, the world’s premier marketer of high-resolution satellite imagery, DigitalGlobe, successfully launched their new WorldView 3 (WV3) satellite. As Defense One reported in April, the WorldView 3 will operate 380 miles above the Earth’s surface and will go from pole to pole in 98 minutes, moving at 7 miles ...

The Public Will Soon Be Able to Buy Military-Grade Satellite Images

August 13, 2014 On Wednesday, the world’s premier marketer of high-resolution satellite imagery, DigitalGlobe, successfully launched their new WorldView 3 (WV3) satellite. As Defense One reported in April, the WorldView 3 will operate 380 miles above the Earth’s surface and will go from pole to pole in 98 minutes, moving at 7 miles ...

How Genes Could Predict Who Will Get PTSD

August 12, 2014 Can you screen for post-traumatic stress disorder in the same way you screen for breast cancer? A new paper from researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine suggests that gene expression could reveal which individuals are most likely to develop PTSD, a development that could accelerate the search for ...

Hacker Shows How to Break Into Military Communications

August 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- Soldiers on the front lines use satellite communications systems, called SATCOMS to call in back up, lead their comrades away from hot spots and coordinate attacks, among other things. Airplanes use SATCOMS to rely on data between the ground and the plane, and ships use them to ...

Hacker Shows How to Break Into Military Communications

August 7, 2014 LAS VEGAS -- Soldiers on the front lines use satellite communications systems, called SATCOMS to call in back up, lead their comrades away from hot spots and coordinate attacks, among other things. Airplanes use SATCOMS to rely on data between the ground and the plane, and ships use them to ...

10 Ways to Make the Internet Safe from Cyber Attacks

August 7, 2014 LAS VEGAS -- A single well-designed cyber weapon could “take down the entire Internet,” according to Dan Geer, chief information security officer for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital company. Geer took to the stage at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference on Wednesday not simply to highlight growing cyber-vulnerabilities to the ...

Here's the App That's Hunting Down Terrorist Bomb-Makers

August 6, 2014 It’s a foggy morning in Manchester, England, when a bomb goes off at popular tourist center. Reporters, medics, and police shoot to the scene. The journalists begin doing what they do, describe what they see in front of them. The police begin taking witness testimony. The medics save lives. At ...