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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor 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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How US Special Forces Uses Google Maps

January 7, 2015 In 2010, Army Col. Stuart Bradin (retired) was in Afghanistan along with special forces operatives from France and other NATO countries, Drug Enforcement Agency operatives and elite units from the Afghan National Directorate of Security. They shared the same broad objective, disrupting the Taliban’s operations, but they originated from different...

Pentagon Wants ‘Real Roadmap’ To Artificial Intelligence

January 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In November, Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall quietly issued a memo to the Defense Science Board that could go on to play a role in history. The memo calls for a new study that would "identify the science, engineering, and policy problems that must be solved to permit greater operational...

How a DHS Document Dump Imperiled U.S. Security

January 2, 2015 On Friday, December 19th, 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...

The Military’s New Year’s Resolution for Artificial Intelligence

December 31, 2014 In November, Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall quietly issued a memo to the Defense Science Board that could go on to play a role in history. The memo calls for a new study that would “identify the science, engineering, and policy problems that must be solved to permit greater operational...

The Military Wants Smarter Insect Spy Drones

December 23, 2014 The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency put out a broad agency announcement this week seeking software solutions to help small drones fly better in tight enclosed environments. The Fast Lightweight Autonomy program, the agency said, “focuses on creating a new class of algorithms to enable small, unmanned aerial vehicles to...

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

December 19, 2014 On Friday, December 19th, 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...

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....