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Patrick Tucker

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.
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.
Defense

A Medical-Delivery Drone Service Gets US Approval Amid Coronavirus

ZipLine, whose drones have delivered more than 100,000 packages in Africa, will begin flights in North Carolina.

Defense

Air Force Leaders Fret As Another Satellite Maker Declares Bankruptcy

Service leaders are asking for Congressional help in shoring up the defense industrial base.

Defense

FBI Got Everything It Asked for in DNC Investigation, Refuting ‘Missing Server’ Myth

New transcripts released by the House intelligence committee shed light on Russia’s interference in 2016 election.

Defense

The Air Force’s Secret Space Plane Is Part of A Plan to One Day Shoot Microwaves to Earth

The experiment would be part of a long history of testing microwaves for power transmission.

Defense

Fear Not the Tracing Apps, Fear How Little They Will Say

Human-mobility data will play a big role in efforts to understand the pandemic over the summer. It will have serious limitations.

Defense

U.S. Intel Community Says Coronavirus Was Not Made In a Lab

The statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence comes after months of speculation and disinformation.

Tech

Artificial Intelligence Outperforms Human Intel Analysts In This One Key Area

An experiment from the Defense Intelligence Agency shows that AI and humans have different risk tolerances when data is scarce.

Defense

Army Research Shows How Do-It-Yourself Facemasks Can Be as Safe as N95s

Personal protective equipment for hospital workers is running out. This design works as well as the best in class.

Defense

The Pentagon Will Use AI to Predict Panic Buying, COVID-19 Hotspots

The prototype can predict trends in supply and demand and infection down to the zip code.

Defense

What’s Wrong With the Air Force’s ‘Connect Everything’ Project

In a new report, GAO watchdogs say officials can’t say how much it costs or if it’ll even work

Workforce

How the Coronavirus Forced the Pentagon to Improve Its IT — and Quickly

New teleworking capabilities — hastily installed to help DoD get work done at home — will stick around after the virus subsides.

Defense

The Air Force and Navy Are Testing This App to Stay Fit Amid Social Distancing

A biometric data app is helping the services monitor the health of sailors and airmen stuck at home.

Defense

The Army Wants Your Ventilator Ideas

A new contest seeks new designs to meet a growing need.

Defense

Weird Hours, Contractor Concerns: How the Intelligence Community Is Grappling with Coronavirus

Intelligence agencies are trying to adapt to social distancing guidelines, but that’s leaving many employees and contractors in limbo.

Workforce

The Pentagon Is Using Zoom. Is it Safe?

Experts say the ubiquitous videoconferencing tools bear some risk of accidentally exposing mundane details, and even inviting a new wave of deep fakes. But the risks can be managed.

Defense

How the Marine Corps Plans to Become Lighter, Nimbler, More Unmanned

The Force Design 2030 report discards tanks and doubles UAV squadrons.

Tech

Can Better Airplane Boarding Procedures Slow the Spread of Coronavirus?

A new computer model offers a better way to understand how people move in tight spaces, which can affect how viruses spread.

Defense

The Army’s Next Attack-Reconnaissance Helicopter Is Coming Into Focus

Bell Textron and Sikorsky will build test models as the service seeks a replacement for the Kiowa and some Apache missions.

Defense

Will an App Tell You Who Will Give You COVID-19?

Researchers say a movement-tracking app, like one China deployed, could help slow the spread of the disease.

Defense

Navy Working to Keep Subs and Destroyers From Becoming COVID-19 Hotspots

Meanwhile, the coronavirus is putting the military health-care system under stress.