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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 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.
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Drones On Leashes, Kamikaze Drones, Information Bombs Top Pentagon’s Counterterrorism Wishlist

December 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want a glimpse of the irregular grey-zone battles of the near future? One great indicator is the annual wishlist of the Pentagon’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, or CTTSO. Released on Wednesday, the office’s broad agency announcement, or BAA, emphasizes drones and ways to counter misinformation. Here are a few...

Kamikaze UAVs, Drones on Leashes, Information Bombs Top Pentagon’s Counterterror Wishlist

December 8, 2017 Want a glimpse of the irregular grey-zone battles of the near future? One great indicator is the annual wishlist of the Pentagon’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, or CTTSO. Released on Wednesday, the office’s broad agency announcement, or BAA, emphasizes drones and ways to counter misinformation. Here are a few...

Newly Revealed Experiment Shows How F-35 Could Help Intercept ICBMs

December 7, 2017 Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., raised more than a few eyebrows (and drew a few rolled eyes) when he suggested in November that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could intercept North Korean missiles headed for the United States. Hunter cited analysis from Los Alamos National Labs and other sources, according to...

Newly Revealed Experiment Shows How F-35 Could Help Intercept ICBMs

December 6, 2017 Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., raised more than a few eyebrows (and drew a few rolled eyes) when he suggested in November that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could intercept North Korean missiles headed for the United States. Hunter cited analysis from Los Alamos National Labs and other sources, according to...

Northrop Tests Spy Drones That Deploy in a Fake Bomb

December 6, 2017 The future of aerial drones behind enemy lines won’t necessarily be big unmanned aircraft like the Reaper taking off from runways and flying hundreds of miles into the teeth of enemy air defenses. Instead, defense contractor Northrop Grumman has developed a small, disposable drone that fits inside a shell that...

Northrop Tests Spy Drones That Deploy in a Fake Bomb

December 5, 2017 The future of aerial drones behind enemy lines won’t necessarily be big unmanned aircraft like the Reaper taking off from runways and flying hundreds of miles into the teeth of enemy air defenses. Instead, defense contractor Northrop Grumman has developed a small, disposable drone that fits inside a shell that...

USAF General on Countering North Korea: ‘The Enemy Has Closed the Gap’

December 4, 2017 How badly did the United States underestimate the pace of North Korea’s missile development? Here’s Gen. Robin Rand, who leads Air Force Global Strike Command: “We’ve got to get humping,” he said. Rand rattled off a variety of programs and modernization efforts, such as the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program —...

Russia Will Build Its Own Internet Directory, Citing US Information Warfare

November 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Russian government will build an “independent internet” for use by itself, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa — the so-called BRICS nations — “in the event of global internet malfunctions,” the Russian news site RT reported on Tuesday. More precisely, Moscow intends to create an alternative to the global...

A Breakthrough in Soft Robot Muscles, Funded by the Military

November 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Back-flipping robots made of metal and other hard materials may be a big hit on YouTube, but future military robots may need appendages that are far softer, stronger and flexible — more like natural muscle tissue. Funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a team of researchers...

Russia Will Build Its Own Internet Directory, Citing US Information Warfare

November 28, 2017 The Russian government will build an “independent internet” for use by itself, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa — the so-called BRICS nations — “in the event of global internet malfunctions,” the Russian news site RT reported on Tuesday. More precisely, Moscow intends to create an alternative to the global...