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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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Is the Poor Man’s Predator the Future of Armed Drones?

May 7, 2015 ATLANTA — The future of armed drones isn’t necessarily bigger, more expensive and more sophisticated, even if that’s where companies like Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin seem to be headed. Take the Shadow 200, a UAV with a 12-foot wingspan. In a private test, the Shadow 200, and the slightly...

The War Startup

May 6, 2015 A t the Donetsk Airport in January, a handful of Ukrainian military men had been fighting off the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic, or DPR, for months. Much of the airport structure had been obliterated. The once-smooth runway was a lunar landscape of debris, craters and blast marks. A small eight-rotor...

The Air Force Wants You To Build Their Next Drone Engine

May 5, 2015 ATLANTA — Love aerial robots with Hellfire missiles? Here’s your chance to express that devotion. The Air Force on Tuesday announced a $2 million prize for the U.S. citizen who can design the best new engine. It’s the largest prize ever from a military service, according to Air Force Lt....

Here’s What the New Tesla Battery Means for the Military

May 5, 2015 Last week, Silicon Valley superstar Elon Musk announced the release of the Tesla Powerwall home battery to the rapturous delight of tech journalists and Musk-o-philes everywhere. On offer: a 7-kilowatt energy storage device for $3,000 and a 10-kilowatt unit for $3,500. Now industry watchers are debating whether the Powerwall, which...

How the Pentagon Could Soon Share Americans’ Data With Foreign Militaries

May 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Ashton Carter unveiled the Pentagon’s new Cyber Strategy last week, he underscored its importance by revealing that DOD networks had been infiltrated by actors within Russia. The defense secretary did not emphasize a provision of the strategy that could send private data about U.S. citizens and companies to foreign...

How the Pentagon Could Soon Share Americans' Data With Foreign Militaries

April 30, 2015 As Ashton Carter unveiled the Pentagon’s new Cyber Strategy last week, he underscored its importance by revealing that DOD networks had been infiltrated by actors within Russia. The defense secretary did not emphasize a provision of the strategy that could send private data about U.S. citizens and companies to foreign...

The Army Is Testing Handheld Ray Guns

April 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pew! Pew! Soldiers with handheld energy blasters are the stuff of G.I. Joe, not real life … until now. The U.S Army is currently testing electricity guns for possible use against electronics on the battlefield. They don’t look like props from the popular cartoon show but, rather like regular standard-issue...

America's Police Will Fight the Next Riot With These Stink Bombs

April 29, 2015 As protestors and police officers clash on the streets of Baltimore and other divided cities, some police departments are stockpiling a highly controversial weapon to control civil unrest. It’s called Skunk, a type of “malodorant,” or in plainer language, a foul-smelling liquid. Technically nontoxic but incredibly disgusting, it has been...

Pentagon Sets Up a Silicon Valley Outpost

April 23, 2015 The Pentagon will set up a new office in Silicon Valley, aiming to harness the creativity of the world’s most famous technology community, senior Defense Department officials told reporters on Wednesday. The Department is working to build new partnerships, identify “game-changing” emerging technology, and clarify to the technology community what...

The Army Is Testing Handheld Ray Guns

April 22, 2015 Pew! Pew! Soldiers with handheld energy blasters are the stuff of G.I. Joe, not real life ... until now. The U.S Army is currently testing electricity guns for possible use against electronics on the battlefield. They don’t look like props from the popular cartoon show but, rather like regular standard-issue...