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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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Forget the Sony Hack, This Could Be the Biggest Cyber Attack of 2015

December 19, 2014 On Friday, the FBI officially named North Korea as the party responsible for a cyber attack and email theft against Sony Pictures. The Sony hack saw many studio executives’ sensitive and embarrassing emails leaked online. The hackers threatened to attack theaters on the opening day of the offending film, “The ...

Will the Flak Jacket of the Future Include Organic Sensors?

December 16, 2014 There’s a saying that was popular among some generals during the war in Iraq: every soldier is a sensor. It speaks the potential of soldiers to collect and relay information to help the broader effort. But the equipment soldiers carry can also serve as a sensor, absorbing data about the ...

Drone-Hunting Blimp To Launch Over Washington

December 15, 2014 On Friday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, will launch a giant drone-hunting blimp over Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds just east of Washington D.C. The system includes a 242-foot balloon (technically called an aerostat because it’s connected to the ground) that can stay up for a month at a ...

Upgrades Will Let the Navy’s LCS Operate in More Dangerous Waters

December 12, 2014 The Navy plans to beef up the firepower and defenses of its littoral combat ship fleet in the coming years, allowing the ships to operate in more dangerous waters. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday signed off on the Navy’s plan to buy a total of 52 ships, 20 more ...

This Is Your Brain on Torture

December 10, 2014 The Senate Intelligence Committee unveiled a near 600-page document detailing aspects of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. Reporters the world over focused on the report’s findings that the CIA deliberately and repeatedly lied about the enhanced interrogation techniques that they were using in terms of those technique’s severity and efficacy. ...

Navy Tests Super Precise Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf

December 10, 2014 It’s a warm November day in the Persian Gulf. The radar system of the USS Ponce detects an incoming vessel. An operator aboard the ship, working a controller not dissimilar to a PlayStation 4 handset, takes aim at the target using the Navy’s Laser Weapon System or LaWS high-aperture telescope. ...

Can Iran Turn Off Your Lights?

December 9, 2014 Online security company Cylance released a report last week showing that an Iranian cyber-espionage operation “Operation Cleaver” had successfully breached U.S. and foreign military, infrastructure and transportation targets. The report claimed to confirm widely-suspected Iranian hacks of the unclassified Navy Marine Corps Intranet system, NMCI, in 2013. It describes (with ...

Why Eel Drones Are the Future of Naval Warfare

December 4, 2014 In the decade ahead, unmanned underwater vehicles, or UUVs, may have the same sort of disruptive effects on militaries as their flying counterparts. More than 12 countries are at work on undersea robots, which some militaries, including the United States, use to check for mines, map the sea floor and ...

The Pentagon Wants You To Tell Them What To Invest in for the Future

December 3, 2014 The Pentagon is asking for ideas from the private sector on breakthrough technologies to guide military investment for the next decade and beyond. On Wednesday, Defense Department officials issued a request for information calling on interested parties “to identify current and emerging technologies…that could provide significant military advantage to the ...

What Happens When You Pose as the Defense Secretary on Twitter?

December 2, 2014 On Tuesday morning, someone claiming to be former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter went public with an important announcement on Twitter: he was “honoured and happy” [sic.] that President Obama had appointed him to the position of secretary of defense. The tweet quickly earned hundreds of re-tweets and major ...