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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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DARPA-Funded Radar Lets Planes See Through Smoke and Clouds

October 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For nearly a year, oil fires billowed smoke into the air above the Iraqi city of Mosul, set by Islamic State fighters to obscure their movements from coalition forces closing in on the city. Last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, announced a breakthrough in the decades-old...

DARPA-Funded Radar Lets Planes See Through Smoke and Clouds

October 2, 2017 For nearly a year, oil fires billowed smoke into the air above the Iraqi city of Mosul, set by Islamic State fighters to obscure their movements from coalition forces closing in on the city. Last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, announced a breakthrough in the decades-old...

If North Korea Fires an ICBM, the US Might Have to Shoot It Down Over Russia

September 28, 2017 If Pyongyang fires a missile at the United States, its most-likely trajectory would take it over the North Pole. A U.S. attempt to shoot down that missile would probably occur within Russian radar space — and possibly over Russia itself. “It’s something we’re aware of,” Gen. Lori Robinson, who leads...

The Future the US Military is Constructing: a Giant, Armed Nervous System

September 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Leaders of the Air Force, Navy, Army and Marines are converging on a vision of the future military: connecting every asset on the global battlefield. That means everything from F-35 jets overhead to the destroyers on the sea to the armor of the tanks crawling over the land to the...

The Future the US Military is Constructing: a Giant, Armed Nervous System

September 26, 2017 Leaders of the Air Force, Navy, Army and Marines are converging on a vision of the future military: connecting every asset on the global battlefield. That means everything from F-35 jets overhead to the destroyers on the sea to the armor of the tanks crawling over the land to the...

Swiss Researchers Invent Way to Let Mini Drones See in the Dark

September 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Camera-armed multi-rotor drones take great pictures…during the day. But if they are to guide themselves through darkened rooms and buildings, they need to see in low-light conditions while quickly moving. A new type of visual sensor developed by Swiss researchers will allow drones to see as human eyes do. That...

Swiss Researchers Invent Way to Let Mini Drones See in the Dark

September 21, 2017 Camera-armed multi-rotor drones take great pictures...during the day. But if they are to guide themselves through darkened rooms and buildings, they need to see in low-light conditions while quickly moving. A new type of visual sensor developed by Swiss researchers will allow drones to see as human eyes do. That...

The Russians Just Test-Fired an ICBM

September 20, 2017 The Russian military on Wednesday test-fired an RS-24 Yars, one of their newest intercontinental ballistic missiles, Russian state media sources reported. The solid-fueled ICBM, “equipped with a detachable warhead, arrived at the designated area on the Kura test range on the Kamchatka Peninsula at the state-owned Plesetsk Test Space Cosmodrome...

Syria is a ‘Laboratory’ for the Air War of the Future

September 18, 2017 ISIS doesn’t have an Air Force, but the Syrian skies are nevertheless a rapidly evolving “laboratory” for air warfare, said U.S. military leaders, who described how the U.S. is fusing cyber attacks with real bombs and using open-source intelligence to find and strike targets. Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, who leads...

Can the US Military Re-Invent the Microchip for the AI Era?

September 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The coming AI revolution faces a big hurdle: today’s microchips. It’s one thing to get a bunch of transistors on an integrated circuit to crunch numbers, even very large ones. But what the brain does is far more difficult. Processing vast amounts of visual data for use by huge, multi-cellular...