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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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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...

What Happens When Spies Can Eavesdrop on Any Conversation?

December 1, 2014 Imagine having access to the all of the world’s recorded conversations, videos that people have posted to YouTube, in addition to chatter collected by random microphones in public places. Then picture the possibility of searching that dataset for clues related to terms that you are interested in the same way...

White House Push To Allow FBI Phone Hacks Could Hurt Intelligence Gathering

November 23, 2014 Through public speeches and secret meetings, FBI Director James Comey has been pushing to stop companies like Apple and Google from encrypting users’ phone data. Two former Navy SEALs say that the policy that the FBI and the Justice Department are pursuing would hurt men and women in uniform and...

Vickers: Boots on the Ground Not Necessary for Intel in Iraq

November 20, 2014 Everyone from the president of the United States to the head of Cyber Command has acknowledged that the rise of the Islamic State represents a huge intelligence failure for the United States, a failure that’s been blamed on the withdrawal of troops in 2011. But the solution to the intel...

This Robot Military Supply Helicopter Could Soon Be Fighting Wildfires

November 18, 2014 The robotic K-MAX medium lift helicopter proved very effective in Afghanistan where, in 33 months of war, the Marines successfully completed some 2,000 cargo and supply sorties with just two of the unmanned birds. “From our standpoint, we were able to take convoys off the road and our soldiers out...

The Pentagon’s New Offset Strategy Includes Robots

November 17, 2014 In the decades following the end of World War II, U.S. military efforts to contain the Soviet Union resulted in the creation of breakthrough technologies like GPS and modern computers, as well as capabilities such as global nuclear deterrence. What are the game-changing innovations that will yield similar decisive advantage...

Five Things You Could Buy for the Price of an F-35

November 13, 2014 The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military weapons program in human history. But what does that mean? If you factor in the full cost of maintaining a fleet of aircraft for 56 years, the price of an individual fighter is more than $670 million. That’s literally worth...

Five Things You Could Buy for the Price of an F-35

November 13, 2014 The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military weapons program in human history. But what does that mean? If you factor in the full cost of maintaining a fleet of aircraft for 56 years, the price of an individual fighter is more than $670 million. That’s literally worth...

Public Increasingly Wary of the NSA, Poll Finds

November 12, 2014 During his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year, Adm. Michael Rogers, now commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said that he saw it as his job as the head of the NSA to change public attitudes toward the NSA’s activities. Public concern about NSA...