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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 Marines Are Building Robotic War Balls

February 12, 2015 Establishing a beachhead on enemy-held turf is historically one of the most dangerous jobs in warfare, just ask Achilles . But the robotic age may make it slightly less so. A research team from Stamford, Conn. has developed an amphibious drone that they are currently testing with the Marines. The...

'Dramatic Improvement' in US and European Intel Sharing Because of ISIS

February 11, 2015 More than ever, European countries are voluntarily providing the United States with large amounts of information about their citizens, particularly as those citizens attempt to travel, the nation’s top counterterrorism official said. Compared to the summer of 2013, U.S. intelligence professionals have seen a "pendulum swing" in the willingness of...

Military Looking To Give Troops Super Sensing Abilities

February 10, 2015 The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, DARPA, on Tuesday announced a new program to give troops unprecedented situational awareness, the ability to sense threats more than half a mile away (1,000 meters) and to understand the location of all of their team even in environments with degraded communications and no...

How US Technology Could Help Ukraine Without ‘Arming’ It

February 9, 2015 The question of whether or not to arm the Ukrainian military against Russian-backed separatists is quickly becoming contentious, both inside of Washington and also between the United States and its allies. But the debate misses a key point: The majority of the equipment that the Ukrainian military is asking for...

Obama Pushes for Greater Intel Sharing in New Strategy

February 9, 2015 This story has been updated. In the new National Security Strategy unveiled Friday, President Barack Obama said better information sharing across intelligence agencies is one of his key requirements to protecting the country from everything from ISIL to infrastructure-crippling cyber attacks. The administration is working to “better integrate” the intelligence...

Here’s What You’ll Find on the Fighter Jet of 2030

February 5, 2015 On Monday, President Barack Obama’s budget request for the Pentagon featured more than $5 million dollars for an item tagged “Next Generation Fighter.” If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the plane of the future meant to replace the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18 Growler aircraft by 2030. Much like...

The Navy Has a Fire Fighting Robot

February 4, 2015 The date is Nov. 3, 2014. A fire erupts on the ex-USS Shadwell, anchored in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Smoke quickly fills the small room where the fire burns in a metal canister. A tall humanoid robot lumbers down the hall and then senses the blaze with a stereoscopic thermal imaging...

Obama Wants More Money for Military Spy Satellites, Lasers, Space Fence

February 2, 2015 President Barack Obama’s Defense Department budget request released Monday shows that the route to technological breakthroughs is often winding. Last year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a new “ offset strategy” to develop breakthrough solutions to secure American technological dominance into the next century. This year, the budget request increases...

White House Wants More Reaper Drones To Fight ISIS

February 2, 2015 President Barack Obama today requested a healthy increase in the number of MQ-9 Reaper drones that the Pentagon will purchase next year, further reversing the brief trend in fewer drone purchases. The numbers show that the Reaper is becoming the military’s favorite weapon in its fight against ISIS. But some...

Better Simulation Could Save the Military Millions

January 30, 2015 How much is a good video game worth? To the military, the answer is billions. Pentagon leaders responding to a new survey conducted by the Government Business Council, GBC, said that the main thing restraining simulation training was "fidelity.” Read that to mean the games just are not feeling realistic...