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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’s New Arms-Research Chief Eyes Space-Based Ray Guns

March 22, 2018 “Directed energy is more than just big lasers, Griffin said. “That’s important. High-powered microwave approaches can effect an electronics kill. The same with the neutral particle beam systems we explored briefly in the 1990s” for use in space-based anti-missile systems. Such weapons can be “useful in a variety of environments”...

Pentagon’s New Arms-Research Chief Eyes Space-Based Ray Guns

March 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “Directed energy is more than just big lasers, Griffin said. “That’s important. High-powered microwave approaches can effect an electronics kill. The same with the neutral particle beam systems we explored briefly in the 1990s” for use in space-based anti-missile systems. Such weapons can be “useful in a variety of environments”...

Pentagon’s New Arms-Research Chief Eyes Space-Based Ray Guns

March 21, 2018 The next thing in space-based weapons could be decades old, according to Michael Griffin, the first defense undersecretary for research and engineering. “Directed energy is more than just big lasers," Griffin said. “That’s important. High-powered microwave approaches can effect an electronics kill. The same with the neutral particle beam systems...

The U.S. Military Is Making Lasers Create Voices out of Thin Air

March 21, 2018 Watch the video above and listen carefully for what sounds like a human voice during the second spin. That’s not an audio recording or a broadcast transmitted over radio...it’s not human at all. It’s an auditory effect that’s created by military scientists who manipulated the air with lasers — and...

The US Military Is Making Lasers That Create Voices out of Thin Air

March 20, 2018 Watch the video above and listen carefully for what sounds like a human voice during the second spin. That’s not an audio recording or a broadcast transmitted over radio...it’s not human at all. It’s an auditory effect that’s created by military scientists who manipulated the air with lasers — and...

Facebook Just Blocked This Cambridge Analytica Affiliate. Why Does It Still Have a State Department Contract?

March 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In February 2017, the State Department hired a company to help it reach people who might be susceptible to ISIS’s online recruiters. On Friday, Facebook blocked that company — Strategic Communications Laboratories, or SCL — for harvesting and sharing users’ data improperly. But as of press time, SCL still had...

Facebook Just Blocked This Cambridge Analytica Affiliate. Why Does It Still Have a State Department Contract?

March 20, 2018 In February 2017, the State Department hired a company to help it reach people who might be susceptible to ISIS’s online recruiters. On Friday, Facebook blocked that company — Strategic Communications Laboratories, or SCL — for harvesting and sharing users’ data improperly. But as of press time, SCL still had...

Facebook Just Blocked This Cambridge Analytica Affiliate. Why Does It Still Have a State Department Contract?

March 19, 2018 In February 2017, the State Department hired a company to help it reach people who might be susceptible to ISIS’s online recruiters. On Friday, Facebook blocked that company — Strategic Communications Laboratories, or SCL — for harvesting and sharing users’ data improperly. But as of press time, SCL still had...

The Pentagon Wants AI To Reveal Adversaries’ True Intentions

March 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From eastern Europe to southern Iraq, the U.S. military faces a difficult problem: Adversaries pretending to be something they’re not — think Russia’s “little green men” in Ukraine. But a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks to apply artificial intelligence to detect and understand how adversaries...

The Pentagon Wants AI To Reveal Adversaries’ True Intentions

March 16, 2018 From eastern Europe to southern Iraq, the U.S. military faces a difficult problem, adversaries pretending to be something they’re not —think Russia’s “little green men” in Ukraine. But a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks to apply artificial intelligence to detect and understand how adversaries are...