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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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This Site Tracks the Guns Going Into Syria

September 27, 2014 The scene is a battlefield in Syria. A group of Kurdish People’s Protection, known as YPG, forces have just pushed a unit of Islamic State, or ISIL, fighters into retreat. As the Kurds move in to secure the hard-won territory, they are followed by two British weapons monitors armed only ...

Fighting Ebola with Data, Satellites and Drones

September 25, 2014 Current Centers of Disease Control estimates suggest that the disease could infect more than 1.4 million people by January. To limit Ebola’s spread, researchers need better on-the-ground intelligence about where it’s moving. But the virus’s deadly mortality rate, 70 percent for this strain, makes up-close observation as difficult as gathering ...

The Military Wants to Understand Why You Believe What You Believe

September 22, 2014 At what point does an idea like the Islamic State go viral? What conditions on the ground must be present for the creation of an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East to spread? This is the type of question the Defense Department wants to solve through the Minerva Initiative, launched ...

The Rise of the Islamic State Could Mean More Drones

September 19, 2014 One of the effects of the rise of the Islamic State, in addition to putting U.S. troops back in Iraq, may be a reversal in the military’s shrinking drone budget. Speaking at Intelligence and National Security Summit on Friday, Defense Department Undersecretary Michael Vickers said the rise of the Islamic ...

NSA Says Intelligence on the Islamic State Could Have Been 'Stronger'

September 18, 2014 The nation’s top spies, including the head of the CIA, the NSA, the Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency took the stage Thursday at the Intelligence & National Security Summit to discuss how their respective agencies handled the most important geopolitical event of 2014 -- the rise of ...

China Hacks US Military Transport Contractors

September 17, 2014 Chinese military hackers successfully breached the systems of several transportation companies that do important work for the military, according to a new Senate Armed Services Committee report released on Wednesday. U.S. Transportation Command, or TRANSCOM, is the outfit that moves troops and equipment. The command relies on a network of ...

Is NSA Planning to Beef up Cyber Response Capabilities?

September 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said the Obama administration’s controversial spying programs have not cost the country friends or allies either in the technology industry or abroad. Indeed, the agency shows no signs of slowing down at all. “I fundamentally ...

NSA Chief: Yes, We Still Have Friends

September 16, 2014 Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said the Obama administration’s controversial spying programs have not cost the country friends or allies either in the technology industry or abroad. Indeed, the agency shows no signs of slowing down at all. “I fundamentally ...

The Islamic State Is Losing the Twitter War

September 12, 2014 The following post has been updated. Earlier this week, the president reiterated the administration’s ultimate objective toward the Islamic State: airstrikes and partner support “to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group.” But one former IS safe haven may have already been reclaimed: the social networking site Twitter. It’s a ...

The Military Just Asked Harvard To Make Them a Spider-Man Suit

September 11, 2014 The average spider can stay perched in a web for long hours waiting for prey and can lift eight times its own body weight. The average soldier – cannot. The military is trying to change that with help from scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, called on ...