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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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Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones

January 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tired: multi-rotor copters and fixed-wing drones. Wired: flying robots that move like living animals, are crafted of next-generation materials, and draw their power not from batteries but energy beamed from nearby aircraft. On Wednesday, the the Defense Enterprise Science Initiative, or DESI, announced a competition for basic science grants to...

Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones. Really.

January 4, 2018 Tired: multi-rotor copters and fixed-wing drones. Wired: flying robots that move like living animals, are crafted of next-generation materials, and draw their power not from batteries but energy beamed from nearby aircraft. On Wednesday, the the Defense Enterprise Science Initiative, or DESI, announced a competition for basic science grants to...

Iran’s Cyberwar on Dissidents Could Infiltrate Your Mailbox

January 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Iran’s crackdown on protesters could affect almost anyone in contact with them, thanks to a sophisticated internal police operation that routinely targets not only academics and dissidents but also those who have interacted with them — and even people only tangentially linked. Cybersecurity firms and prominent researchers of Iranian digital...

Iran’s Cyber War on Dissidents Could Infiltrate Your Mailbox

January 2, 2018 Iran’s crackdown on protesters could affect almost anyone in contact with them, thanks to a sophisticated internal police operation that routinely targets not only academics and dissidents but also those who have interacted with them — and even people only tangentially linked. Cyber security firms and prominent researchers of Iranian...

Where We're Headed in 2018

January 1, 2018 In lieu of reviewing the top stories of the year gone by, Defense One presents a look ahead. Here’s what to expect in 2018. Commander in Chief Trump At 7:21 a.m. on New Year’s Day, you were probably still knocked out from the champagne after kissing 2017 goodbye. President Donald...

Pentagon Launches New Push For Tunnel-Warfare Tech

December 22, 2017 ISIS and the North Korean regime share at least one tactic in common: both have sought to counter the U.S. military’s monitor-and-strike capabilities by building vast subterranean tunnel complexes. They’re not the only potential adversaries to do so. On Thursday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, announced a...

Pentagon Launches New Push For Tunnel-Warfare Tech

December 21, 2017 ISIS and the North Korean regime share at least one tactic in common: both have sought to counter the U.S. military’s monitor-and-strike capabilities by building vast subterranean tunnel complexes. They’re not the only potential adversaries to do so. On Thursday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, announced a...

The Desperate Push To Get Ukrainian POWs Home by Christmas

December 19, 2017 For Iryna Gerashchenko, first deputy chairwoman of Ukraine’s parliament, it’s a Christmas mission: get 74 prisoners of war released and home by Jan. 6 — Christmas Day in Ukraine. In exchange, she and her government are offering to send back 306 fighters captured in the battles against Russian militants. There’s...

New National Security Strategy Sees Rising Russia, Retreat on ‘Democratic Peace’

December 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump’s first National Security Strategy makes its debut during a time of hot economic and military expansion for America’s two largest rivals, China and Russia. And while the strategy itself shares much with the 2015 version put out by the Obama administration, it puts front and center a...

New National Security Strategy Sees Rising Russia, Retreat on 'Democratic Peace'

December 19, 2017 President Donald Trump’s first National Security Strategy makes its debut during a time of hot economic and military expansion for America’s two largest rivals, China and Russia. And while the strategy itself shares much with the 2015 version put out by the Obama administration, it puts front and center a...