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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 CDC Is Relying on People To Tell the Truth About Contact with Ebola

October 8, 2014 People traveling to the United States from West Africa through five of the nation’s busiest airports could now face temperature screening and enhanced questioning. The additional screenings at New York’s JFK Airport this weekend and then Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare, as well as Atlanta and Newark shortly after...

Inside the Navy’s Secret Swarm Robot Experiment

October 5, 2014 It’s August on Virginia's James River and a secret military exercise is about to make history. A large ship that the Navy sometimes calls a high-value unit, HVU, is making its way down the river’s thalweg, escorted by 13 small guard boats. Between them, they carry a variety of payloads,...

House Intel Chief Wants To Increase Cyber Attacks Against Russia

October 2, 2014 The United States should be conducting more disruptive cyber attacks against nations like Russia, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “I don’t think we are using all of our cyber-capability to disrupt” actors in Russia targeting U.S. interests, he said at The Washington Post’s...

This Could Be the Navy SEAL's Boat of Tomorrow

October 1, 2014 A boat that water skis on torpedoes could offer a Learjet-like ride for Navy SEAL teams moving into rough enemy waters. It may also prove to be a more stable platform for next-generation weapons systems like the Navy’s direct energy gun (or laser) that target better on stable seas. One...

This Site Tracks the Guns Going Into Syria

September 27, 2014 The scene is a battlefield in Syria. A group of Kurdish People’s Protection, known as YPG, forces have just pushed a unit of Islamic State, or ISIL, fighters into retreat. As the Kurds move in to secure the hard-won territory, they are followed by two British weapons monitors armed only...

Fighting Ebola with Data, Satellites and Drones

September 25, 2014 Current Centers of Disease Control estimates suggest that the disease could infect more than 1.4 million people by January. To limit Ebola’s spread, researchers need better on-the-ground intelligence about where it’s moving. But the virus’s deadly mortality rate, 70 percent for this strain, makes up-close observation as difficult as gathering...

The Military Wants to Understand Why You Believe What You Believe

September 22, 2014 At what point does an idea like the Islamic State go viral? What conditions on the ground must be present for the creation of an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East to spread? This is the type of question the Defense Department wants to solve through the Minerva Initiative, launched...

The Rise of the Islamic State Could Mean More Drones

September 19, 2014 One of the effects of the rise of the Islamic State, in addition to putting U.S. troops back in Iraq, may be a reversal in the military’s shrinking drone budget. Speaking at Intelligence and National Security Summit on Friday, Defense Department Undersecretary Michael Vickers said the rise of the Islamic...

NSA Says Intelligence on the Islamic State Could Have Been 'Stronger'

September 18, 2014 The nation’s top spies, including the head of the CIA, the NSA, the Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency took the stage Thursday at the Intelligence & National Security Summit to discuss how their respective agencies handled the most important geopolitical event of 2014 -- the rise of...

China Hacks US Military Transport Contractors

September 17, 2014 Chinese military hackers successfully breached the systems of several transportation companies that do important work for the military, according to a new Senate Armed Services Committee report released on Wednesday. U.S. Transportation Command, or TRANSCOM, is the outfit that moves troops and equipment. The command relies on a network of...