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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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DHS Aims to Replace Slow, Outdated Bioterror-Detection System

September 26, 2018 In order to fight next-generation biological threats, the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, is revamping the way the government collects, uses, monitors and distributes information. The hope is to get something that works far faster than the system in use today to catch a pandemic before it starts. Biological...

The Pentagon’s New Ambassador to Silicon Valley Is Hawkish on China

September 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Michael Brown, the former Symantec CEO who just became the new head of the Defense Innovation Unit, believes that the United States must act now to avoid further falling behind China in a tech race. In a recent interview, several of his goals and recommendations struck a very un-Trumpian tone....

The Pentagon’s New Ambassador to Silicon Valley Is Hawkish on China

September 25, 2018 Michael Brown, the former Symantec CEO who just became the new head of the Defense Innovation Unit, believes that the United States must act now to avoid further falling behind China in a tech race. In a recent interview, several of his goals and recommendations struck a very un-Trumpian tone....

The Must-Haves of the Next Strategic Nuclear Bomber

September 21, 2018 Almost nothing is known about the new bomber in development, the B-21 Raider, the most important Air Force project of the new century. But it will differ from previous bombers in one critical feature: rapid upgradability, according to Air Force Gen. Tim Ray, who leads the service’s Global Strike Command....

DARPA-Funded Work May Help Troops See Around Corners

September 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Think back a moment to the Bin Laden raid and the dangerous business of invading an enemy headquarters, with adversaries lurking around every corner. In the future, that might be a solved problem. Researchers from the University of Central Florida, with funding from the U.S. military, have developed a method...

DARPA-Funded Work May Help Troops See Around Corners

September 20, 2018 Think back a moment to the Bin Laden raid and the dangerous business of invading an enemy headquarters, with adversaries lurking around every corner. In the future, that might be a solved problem. Researchers from the University of Central Florida, with funding from the U.S. military, have developed a method...

SpaceX: We’ll Consider Launching Space Weapons If Asked

September 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today, it’s Tesla Roadsters; tomorrow, space lasers? SpaceX’s president and COO says the firm would consider launching weapons into orbit for the U.S. government, if asked. “If it’s for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would,” Gwynne Shotwell said, in response to a question about SpaceX’s willingness...

SpaceX: We’ll Consider Launching Space Weapons If Asked

September 17, 2018 Today, it’s Tesla Roadsters; tomorrow, space lasers? SpaceX’s president and CEO says the firm would consider launching weapons into orbit for the U.S. government, if asked. “If it’s for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would,” Gwynne Shotwell said, in response to a question about SpaceX’s willingness...

Retired Marine Four-Star Patents Jet-Killing Drone Boat

September 17, 2018 Two patents were recently awarded for concepts that just might change naval warfare: one is for a seagoing mothership for quadcopters designed to fake out enemy fighter pilots, while the other envisions a drone boat equipped to spot and shoot down enemy aircraft. The patents were awarded earlier this month...

Japan’s New Ship-Based Interceptor Shoots Down a Ballistic Missile in Test

September 12, 2018 As the State Department presses North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions, one neighbor isn’t taking any chances. The Japanese military, working with the U.S. Navy, shot down a mock ballistic missile with one of their new Atago-class destroyers on Tuesday. It was the first test of the upgraded...