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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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The Must-Haves of the Next Strategic Nuclear Bomber

September 21, 2018 Almost nothing is known about the new bomber in development, the B-21 Raider, the most important Air Force project of the new century. But it will differ from previous bombers in one critical feature: rapid upgradability, according to Air Force Gen. Tim Ray, who leads the service’s Global Strike Command....

DARPA-Funded Work May Help Troops See Around Corners

September 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Think back a moment to the Bin Laden raid and the dangerous business of invading an enemy headquarters, with adversaries lurking around every corner. In the future, that might be a solved problem. Researchers from the University of Central Florida, with funding from the U.S. military, have developed a method...

DARPA-Funded Work May Help Troops See Around Corners

September 20, 2018 Think back a moment to the Bin Laden raid and the dangerous business of invading an enemy headquarters, with adversaries lurking around every corner. In the future, that might be a solved problem. Researchers from the University of Central Florida, with funding from the U.S. military, have developed a method...

SpaceX: We’ll Consider Launching Space Weapons If Asked

September 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today, it’s Tesla Roadsters; tomorrow, space lasers? SpaceX’s president and COO says the firm would consider launching weapons into orbit for the U.S. government, if asked. “If it’s for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would,” Gwynne Shotwell said, in response to a question about SpaceX’s willingness...

SpaceX: We’ll Consider Launching Space Weapons If Asked

September 17, 2018 Today, it’s Tesla Roadsters; tomorrow, space lasers? SpaceX’s president and CEO says the firm would consider launching weapons into orbit for the U.S. government, if asked. “If it’s for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would,” Gwynne Shotwell said, in response to a question about SpaceX’s willingness...

Retired Marine Four-Star Patents Jet-Killing Drone Boat

September 17, 2018 Two patents were recently awarded for concepts that just might change naval warfare: one is for a seagoing mothership for quadcopters designed to fake out enemy fighter pilots, while the other envisions a drone boat equipped to spot and shoot down enemy aircraft. The patents were awarded earlier this month...

Japan’s New Ship-Based Interceptor Shoots Down a Ballistic Missile in Test

September 12, 2018 As the State Department presses North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions, one neighbor isn’t taking any chances. The Japanese military, working with the U.S. Navy, shot down a mock ballistic missile with one of their new Atago-class destroyers on Tuesday. It was the first test of the upgraded...

The Military Now Has Tooth Mics For Invisible, Hands-Free Radio Calls

September 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Next time you pass someone on the street who appears to be talking to themselves, they may literally have voices inside their head…and be a highly trained soldier on a dangerous mission. The Pentagon has inked a roughly $10 million contract with a California company to provide secure communication gear...

The Military Now Has Tooth Mics For Invisible, Hands-Free Radio Calls

September 10, 2018 Next time you pass someone on the street who appears to be talking to themselves, they may literally have voices inside their head…and be a highly trained soldier on a dangerous mission. The Pentagon has inked a roughly $10 million contract with a California company to provide secure communication gear...

It’s Now Possible To Telepathically Communicate with a Drone Swarm

September 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A person with a brain chip can now pilot a swarm of drones — or even advanced fighter jets, thanks to research funded by the U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. The work builds on research from 2015, which allowed a paralyzed woman to steer a virtual...