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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 US Military Is Genetically Engineering New Life Forms To Detect Enemy Subs

December 1, 2018 How do you detect submarines in an expanse as large as the ocean? The U.S. military hopes that common marine microorganisms might be genetically engineered into living tripwires to signal the passage of enemy subs, underwater vessels, or even divers. It’s one of many potential military applications for so-called engineered...

Ukraine: Intercepted Communications Suggest Kremlin Directed Azov Sea Crisis

November 26, 2018 Shortly after Russian forces seized three Ukranian warships and detained several of their crew in the Sea of Azov over the weekend, the Ukrainian General Staff posted what they call intercepted communications between the Russian sailors and their commanders ashore. In the recording, one sailor says that the attack was...

The U.S. Military’s Drone Swarm Strategy Just Passed a Key Test

November 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. military’s strategy for winning the next major war is to throw a bunch of highly autonomous, deeply interconnected drones, jets, ships, and other things at the enemy. But this massive, coordinated strike across air, land, sea and cyberspace is sure to run headfirst into electronic warfare defenses designed...

The US Military’s Drone Swarm Strategy Just Passed a Key Test

November 21, 2018 The U.S. military’s strategy for winning the next major war is to throw a bunch of highly autonomous, deeply interconnected drones, jets, ships, and other things at the enemy. But this massive, coordinated strike across air, land, sea and cyberspace is sure to run headfirst into electronic warfare defenses designed...

This Inventor May Have Cured Motion Sickness Without Drugs. And That Could Mean a Lot to the U.S. Military

November 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An inventor may have discovered a non-pharmaceutical cure for car sickness that could revolutionize the way people experience everything from travel to the newest virtual-reality headsets. That, in turn, could affect how the military trains, fights, and navigates. Just like civilians, troops get motion-sick. A 2009 study by the Naval...

This Inventor May Have Cured Motion Sickness Without Drugs. And That Could Mean a Lot to the US Military

November 20, 2018 An inventor may have discovered a non-pharmaceutical cure for car sickness that could revolutionize the way people experience everything from travel to the newest virtual-reality headsets. That, in turn, could affect how the military trains, fights, and navigates. Just like civilians, troops get motion-sick. A 2009 study by the Naval...

China Has More Nuclear Subs Than the West Believed

November 20, 2018 Western observers have likely underestimated the number of Chinese nuclear submarines in development, but overestimated how many are operational, a new analysis suggests. In particular, only half of China’s nuclear-armed SSBNs appear to be in operation. Photos of the Bohai Shipyard and the Longpo Naval Facility produced by Planet Labs...

This Inventor May Have Cured Motion Sickness Without Drugs. And That Could Mean a Lot to the US Military

November 20, 2018 An inventor may have discovered a non-pharmaceutical cure for car sickness that could revolutionize the way people experience everything from travel to the newest virtual-reality headsets. That, in turn, could affect how the military trains, fights, and navigates. Just like civilians, troops get motion-sick. A 2009 study by the Naval...

Russia Has Started to Train Its Entire Military to Fight Drones

November 16, 2018 In 2014, Russian troops showed the world how to use small drones on Ukraine’s battlefields, where they guided attacks on tanks and other vehicles. But the world, it seems, has learned quickly. The Russian military, having themselves been bloodied by off-the-shelf drones in Syria, has announced that all of its...

Pentagon Wants More Money for Lasers To Defend Against Missiles, Drone Swarms

November 14, 2018 The U.S. military will request more money to develop lasers, microwave beams, and other directed-energy defenses to fight off missiles and drone swarms, the Pentagon’s top weapons engineer said Tuesday. “You’re going to see, in upcoming budgets for missile defense, a renewed emphasis on laser scaling [meaning scaling up the...