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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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Oshkosh Wins Massive Army Contract to Replace Humvee

August 26, 2015 Oshkosh won the Pentagon’s $30 billion sweepstakes to replace the U.S. Army’s Humvee with up to 55,000 new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs, over the next 25 years, service officials said. The Army awarded a $6.7 billion contract Tuesday to Oshkosh for an initial batch of 17,000 vehicles for...

Why a No-Fly-Zone for Drones Won’t Work

August 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Small consumer drones have become the plague that Moses missed. So far this year, 650 drones have been spotted by airline pilots. That's on pace to quadruple last year's total, which is troubling because if a pilot can see your drone in the air, it's close enough to worry about....

Oshkosh Wins $30 Billion Army Contract Battle to Replace Humvee

August 25, 2015 Oshkosh won the Pentagon’s $30 billion sweepstakes to replace the U.S. Army’s Humvee with up to 55,000 new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs, over the next 25 years, service officials said. The Army awarded a $6.7 billion contract Tuesday to Oshkosh for an initial batch of 17,000 vehicles for...

Chuck Schumer’s No-Fly-Zone Rule for Drones Won’t Work

August 24, 2015 Small consumer drones have become the plague that Moses missed. So far this year, 650 drones have been spotted by airline pilots. That’s on pace to quadruple last year’s total, which is troubling because if a pilot can see your drone in the air, it’s close enough to worry about....

Is the Ashley Madison Hack Really a National Security Risk?

August 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At some point on Monday, the hacker group Impact Team made good on a promise to release personally identifiable data of some 38 million users of AshleyMadison.com, a site that bills itself as a matchmaker for the adulterous. By Wednesday, the data dump had become international news. A California-based data...

The Government is Watching the Ashley Madison Hack

August 20, 2015 At some point on Monday, the hacker group Impact Team made good on a promise to release personally identifiable data of some 38 million users of AshleyMadison.com, a site that bills itself as a matchmaker for the adulterous. By Wednesday, the data dump had become international news. A California-based data...

Drone Manufacturer Has Been Flying Spy Missions For Defense Since Early August

August 20, 2015 Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that General Atomics began flying new drone missions for the Defense Department in April. The contracted mission began in April. The flights began in August. The U.S. military wants to boost its drone presence by 50 percent in four years, and it's...

The Ashley Madison Hack Is Not OPM (But the Government May Be Watching It Anyway)

August 19, 2015 At some point on Monday, the hacker group Impact Team made good on a promise to release personally identifiable data of some 38 million users of AshleyMadison.com, a site that bills itself as a matchmaker for the adulterous. By Wednesday, the data dump had become international news. A California-based data...

Predator Drone Maker General Atomics Flying Spy Missions For the Pentagon

August 19, 2015 CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that General Atomics began flying new drone missions for the Defense Department in April. The contracted mission began in April. The flights began in August. The U.S. military wants to boost its drone presence by 50 percent in four years, and it's...

A Congressman Goes to DEF CON

August 13, 2015 LAS VEGAS, Nev. — At some point last weekend, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, woke up, shut off his phone, and made his way through the smoky, noisy, blinking floor of Bally’s Casino to meet with a few of the world’s hacking elite. Turning off your phone, or at very least...