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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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US Army Chief Announces Major Reorganization For How Army Develops, Buys Weapons

October 6, 2017 The U.S. Army is about to launch a reorganization to streamline and centralize the buying, building, replacing and testing of weapons and equipment, according to a letter released Friday to general officers by Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. A more formal announcement of the effort is expected during the...

Pentagon: We’ll Keep Buying Software That Russian Spies have Looked Through

October 5, 2017 In June, Reuters reported that several defense contractors, including IBM, Cisco, and Germany’s SAP, had allowed the FSB to inspect key aspects of the source code for various software products. In October, Reuters added to the list an HP Enterprise product called ArcSight, described as “a cybersecurity nerve center for...

DARPA-Funded Radar Lets Planes See Through Smoke and Clouds

October 3, 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...

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...