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

September 6, 2018 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...

The Navy Is Hacking Wetsuits for Arctic Warfare

September 6, 2018 When it comes to diving in frigid water, there’s a big difference between a SEAL and a seal. All the pull-ups and pistol squats in the world won’t turn the one into the other. That’s a challenge for a U.S. military increasingly concerned about countering Russian naval activity in the...

The US Navy Is Hacking Wetsuits for Arctic Warfare

September 5, 2018 When it comes to diving in frigid water, there’s a big difference between a SEAL and a seal. All the pull-ups and pistol squats in the world won’t turn the one into the other. That’s a challenge for a U.S. military increasingly concerned about countering Russian naval activity in the...

Russia, U.S. Are In a Military Exoskeleton Race

September 1, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Russian suit, Ratnik-3, is an imposing web of hexagonal armor plates, black webbing, and small joint motors called actuators. Oleg Faustov, an engineer working with weapons maker TsNiiTochMash, told Russian media outlet TASS this week that the government had already tested a prototype. “It really enhances a serviceman’s physical...

Russia, US Are In a Military Exoskeleton Race

August 30, 2018 The Russian suit, Ratnik-3, is an imposing web of hexagonal armor plates, black webbing, and small joint motors called actuators. Oleg Faustov, an engineer working with weapons maker TsNiiTochMash, told Russian media outlet TASS this week that the government had already tested a prototype. “It really enhances a serviceman’s physical...

Austin, Texas, Just Became the U.S. Army’s Silicon Valley

August 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow AUSTIN, Texas — If you were to write a scene set in “a hip tech hub,” you might limn the Capital Factory, a co-working space and startup accelerator in downtown Austin. On a typical day, you can find kids barely old enough to drink who are pitching their startups to...

Austin Just Became the U.S. Army’s Silicon Valley

August 28, 2018 AUSTIN, Texas — If you were to write a scene set in “a hip tech hub,” you might limn the Capital Factory, a co-working space and startup accelerator in downtown Austin. On a typical day, you can find kids barely old enough to drink who are pitching their startups to...

Austin, Texas, Just Became the Army’s Silicon Valley

August 27, 2018 AUSTIN, Texas — If you were to write a scene set in “a hip tech hub,” you might limn the Capital Factory, a co-working space and startup accelerator in downtown Austin. On a typical day, you can find kids barely old enough to drink who are pitching their startups to...

Austin, Texas, Just Became the US Army’s Silicon Valley

August 27, 2018 AUSTIN, Texas — If you were to write a scene set in “a hip tech hub,” you might limn the Capital Factory, a co-working space and startup accelerator in downtown Austin. On a typical day, you can find kids barely old enough to drink who are pitching their startups to...

How the U.S. Is Preparing to Match Chinese and Russian Technology Development

August 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Until this week, U.S. Defense Department leaders had publicly described their technology race against China and Russia mostly as a bullet list of research priorities. Now a top research-and-engineering official has added detail about efforts to surmount key technical and physical challenges. At a Wednesday event put on by the...