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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 Technology That Just Found the Missing AirAsia Plane

January 13, 2015 Last week, authorities in Indonesia confirmed that rescue crews had located the tail from AirAsia flight QZ8501. Grainy images of the submerged plane soon appeared on Australian and then American television. The black boxes were quickly recovered. But how were they found? The pictures that have emerged from early media...

Pro-Islamic State Group Hacks US Military Twitter, YouTube Accounts

January 12, 2015 This story has been updated. The Twitter and YouTube accounts for U.S. Central Command were hacked on Monday by a pro-Islamic State group for approximately 30 minutes. The so-called “Cyber Caliphate” replaced Central Command’s avatar with a picture of a masked jihadi and then posted several pictures purporting to show...

The Very Real Future of Iron Man Suits for the Navy

January 12, 2015 One day, troops will strap on bulletproof Iron Man suits and fly into battle, but only after a breakthrough in portable power storage that may not arrive for another decade. In the meantime, exoskeletons do have real military potential today, if only the Pentagon can shed some of its comic-book...

The F-35 Has To Phone Texas Before Taking Off

January 8, 2015 This story has been updated. The U.S. military ran the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter through a series of tests aboard the USS Nimitz super carrier in San Diego in early November. It performed adequately, with one exception -- it needed to send its diagnostic data to Lockheed Martin in Fort...

Here’s Why Security Cameras Were No Help In Capturing Paris Terrorists

January 7, 2015 The following story has been updated. In the aftermath of the terrorist massacre on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, the world is demanding answers. How was it possible that, in a country where guns are heavily regulated, a group of men were able to get their hands on Russian-made Kalashnikov...

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...