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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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U.S. Military Eyes Tiny Nuclear Reactors for Deployed Troops

January 25, 2019 Getting fuel to remote operating bases is a big problem for the U.S. military. In 2008, during the height of combat in Iraq, the Government Accountability Office estimated that more than 900,000 gallons of fuel went to bases for basic power needs like lighting and refrigeration (on top of the...

US Military Eyes Tiny Nuclear Reactors for Deployed Troops

January 24, 2019 Getting fuel to remote operating bases is a big problem for the U.S. military. In 2008, during the height of combat in Iraq, the Government Accountability Office estimated that more than 900,000 gallons of fuel went to bases for basic power needs like lighting and refrigeration (on top of the...

US and Russia Regard Each Other Warily in the Baltic and Black Seas

January 24, 2019 2019 could be a tense year in the waters of the Baltic and Black Seas between the U.S. and Russia, as demonstrated by an uptick of Russian naval activity in both regions. At the same time, Ukraine is reaching out more than ever to the United States or help, leaving...

Zap: How Electric Therapy Is Curing Navy SEALs of PTSD … And Could Remake Brain Science

January 22, 2019 Tony didn’t know what to expect when he walked into the Brain Treatment Center in San Diego, California, last spring. The former Navy SEAL only knew that he needed help. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan was taking a heavy toll on his mental and physical wellbeing. He had trouble...

Army Chief Confirms U.S. Will Hand off ISIS Fight in Syria

January 21, 2019 For the first time, a senior U.S. military official has commented on President Trump’s late-December decision to quit Syria, confirming publicly that American troops are planning to leave once ISIS is defeated on the ground. “We are determined to finish that off and then hand the battle off to our...

Zap: How Electric Therapy Is Curing Navy SEALs of PTSD … And Could Remake Brain Science

January 20, 2019 Tony didn’t know what to expect when he walked into the Brain Treatment Center in San Diego, California, last spring. The former Navy SEAL only knew that he needed help. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan was taking a heavy toll on his mental and physical wellbeing. He had trouble...

Trump’s New Missile Policy Relies Heavily on Largely Unproven Technologies

January 17, 2019 President Donald Trump took to a Pentagon podium on Thursday to paint a picture of a gathering storm — a not-too-distant storm of long-range, defense-evading enemy missiles. “All over, foreign adversaries, competitors, and rogue regimes are steadily enhancing their missile arsenals...Their arsenals are getting bigger and stronger,” Trump said. “They're...

Pentagon to Study Putting Anti-Missile Laser Weapons in Space

January 16, 2019 The Defense Department will study the possibility of space weapons — perhaps particle beams, ray guns, space lasers, or orbiting missiles — that could intercept enemy missiles coming off the launch pad, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the Missile Defense Review, due out on Thursday....

Army Chief Confirms US Will Hand off ISIS Fight in Syria

January 16, 2019 For the first time, a senior U.S. military official has commented on President Trump’s late-December decision to quit Syria, confirming publicly that American troops are planning to leave once ISIS is defeated on the ground. “We are determined to finish that off and then hand the battle off to our...

4 US troops believed dead in Syria; DIA’s China report; Shutdown, Day 25; DPRK negotiator in DC; And a bit more.

January 16, 2019 Developing: four Americans are believed to have been killed along with nearly a dozen nearby Syrians in an ISIS-claimed suicide attack today in Manbij, Syria, at about 1 p.m. local time. Initial reports of the attack surfaced on social media shortly before the sun rose in Washington. According to the...