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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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How the Defense Department is Preparing for a Tank War With Russia

May 23, 2016 When Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster briefs, it’s like Gen. Patton giving a TED talk — a domineering physical presence with bristling intellectual intensity. These days, the charismatic director of the Army's Capabilities Integration Center is knee-deep in a project called The Russia New Generation Warfare study, an analysis of how...

The Tiny Town Where Air Force Cadets Learn to Drop ‘Cyber Bombs’

May 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — In a small room at the U.S. Air Force Academy stands a scale model of a town, complete with power and other utilities, looking as if someone had upgraded their model railroad with radar towers and air defense equipment. The pieces are connected to tiny Raspberry...

How the Pentagon is Preparing for a Tank War With Russia

May 19, 2016 When Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster briefs, it’s like Gen. Patton giving a TED talk — a domineering physical presence with bristling intellectual intensity. These days, the charismatic director of the Army's Capabilities Integration Center is knee-deep in a project called The Russia New Generation Warfare study, an analysis of how...

The Tiny Town Where Air Force Cadets Learn to Drop ‘Cyber Bombs’

May 19, 2016 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — In a small room at the U.S. Air Force Academy stands a scale model of a town, complete with power and other utilities, looking as if someone had upgraded their model railroad with radar towers and air defense equipment. The pieces are connected to tiny Raspberry...

Pentagon Testing Small Robot to Help Hunt Naval Mines

May 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most of the machines developed to help navies hunt the stealthy underwater predators called mines require a big crew and a ship or helicopter, which is why the U.S. military is excited about a two-person underwater robot that weighs less than 200 pounds. The Saab Waterborne Anti-IED Security Platform, or...

Pentagon Testing Small Robot to Help Hunt Naval Mines

May 18, 2016 Most of the machines developed to help navies hunt the stealthy underwater predators called mines require a big crew and a ship or helicopter, which is why the U.S. military is excited about a two-person underwater robot that weighs less than 200 pounds. The Saab Waterborne Anti-IED Security Platform, or...

Pentagon Testing Small Robot to Help Hunt Naval Mines

May 17, 2016 Most of the machines developed to help navies hunt the stealthy underwater predators called mines require a big crew and a ship or helicopter, which is why the U.S. military is excited about a two-person underwater robot that weighs less than 200 pounds. The Saab Waterborne Anti-IED Security Platform, or...

As Threat of Russian Missiles Rise, NORAD Looks to the Future

May 13, 2016 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Defense Secretary Ash Carter installed a new Air Force general atop the outfit that keeps the country safe from enemy air power: the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. NORAD, best known -- in pop culture, at least -- for tracking Santa and nearly ending...

Pentagon To Harden US Military Bases Against ISIS Attacks

May 13, 2016 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The U.S. military will further harden U.S. bases against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday, as part of a $180 million spending effort over the next three years to better protect troops from attacks. The announcement follows attacks and...

Pentagon Shakes Up Silicon Valley Outreach

May 12, 2016 PALO ALTO, Calif. — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is elevating and expanding the Pentagon’s controversial technology sector outreach efforts—and replacing its leaders—just one year after launching a Silicon Valley initiative he calls crucial to keeping the U.S. military the best in the world. The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx,...