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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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The US Military Is Building Gangs of Autonomous Flying War Bots

January 23, 2015 For the Pentagon, drones are cheaper to buy and to operate than regular fighter jets. An armed MQ-9 Reaper drone runs about $14 million, compared to $180 million or more for an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But unlike barrel-rolling a jet, the business of actually operating a unmanned aerial vehicle, ...

Why Obama's Cybersecurity Plan May Not Make Americans Safer

January 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama appeared before the American people and again acknowledged digital data theft and data destruction as one of the most important issues facing the nation: No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the ...

Can You Have a Transparent Spy Agency?

January 22, 2015 To the average American, the term intelligence agency refers to a group of secret military types, locked in a windowless room in Virginia, furtively collecting data on bad guys, good guys, citizens, everybody. That data is delivered up the chain in manila envelops marked “Top Secret.” There’s still some truth ...

What the Cyber Language in the State of the Union Means to You

January 21, 2015 On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama appeared before the American people and again acknowledged digital data theft and data destruction as one of the most important issues facing the nation. “No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the ...

Around Government

January 21, 2015 What a Long, Strange Route It’s Been Patrick Donahoe strived to be the Postal Service’s bridge over troubled waters. By Eric Katz Nearly every time Patrick Donahoe makes a public appearance, he asks those who are listening to raise their hands if they still pay their bills through the mail. ...

US, UK Establish a Joint Hacker A-Team To Conduct Cyber War Games

January 16, 2015 The White House on Friday unveiled a series of steps to increase co-operation between the United States and the United Kingdom in combating cyber threats. Those steps include better threat information sharing and the creation of a new joint cyber task force. The U.S. and U.K. already collaborate with one ...

How Scared Should You Be of Al Qaeda’s New Butt Bomb?

January 14, 2015 The most recent issue of al Qaeda’s magazine Inspire contains what the editors call a special surprise: a recipe for a new kitchen-made bomb, which the magazine urges readers to use on American commercial aircraft. Without going into excessive detail, the main ingredients of the bomb are a certain amount ...

The Technology That Just Found the Missing AirAsia Plane

January 13, 2015 Last week, authorities in Indonesia confirmed that rescue crews had located the tail from AirAsia flight QZ8501. Grainy images of the submerged plane soon appeared on Australian and then American television. The black boxes were quickly recovered. But how were they found? The pictures that have emerged from early media ...

Pro-Islamic State Group Hacks US Military Twitter, YouTube Accounts

January 12, 2015 This story has been updated. The Twitter and YouTube accounts for U.S. Central Command were hacked on Monday by a pro-Islamic State group for approximately 30 minutes. The so-called “Cyber Caliphate” replaced Central Command’s avatar with a picture of a masked jihadi and then posted several pictures purporting to show ...

The Very Real Future of Iron Man Suits for the Navy

January 12, 2015 One day, troops will strap on bulletproof Iron Man suits and fly into battle, but only after a breakthrough in portable power storage that may not arrive for another decade. In the meantime, exoskeletons do have real military potential today, if only the Pentagon can shed some of its comic-book ...