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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 Requesting $66M For Laser Drones to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles

February 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the smaller line items in the Missile Defense Agency’s $9.9 billion budget request for 2019 is also one of the most interesting: $66 million to keep developing a laser that can be mounted on a drone and used to destroy enemy missiles on the launch pad — or...

Trump Has Not Asked Us To Stop Russian Election Meddling, Intelligence Chiefs Testify

February 13, 2018 The Kremlin-led influence operations targeting the U.S. electorate will continue into the 2018 midterms, U.S. intelligence community heads testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. But lawmakers and intelligence heads can’t seem to agree on what to do about the attack they all see coming. Russia’s election meddling occupied...

Pentagon Requesting $66M For Laser Drones to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles

February 12, 2018 One of the smaller line items in the Missile Defense Agency’s $9.9 billion budget request for 2019 is also one of the most interesting: $66 million to keep developing a laser that can be mounted on a drone and used to destroy enemy missiles on the launch pad — or...

The U.S. Air Force’s Next AI Project is About to Kick Into High Gear

February 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Air Force is doubling down on efforts to fuse text, video, and virtually every potential source of data or information together through artificial intelligence. The goal is to change the way every commander, airman, and even thinking machine makes decisions. It’s a program called Data to Decision, or...

'Wouldn’t It Be Great If We Could Shoot Someone in the Face at 200 Kilometers?'

February 12, 2018 The U.S. Air Force is doubling down on efforts to fuse text, video, and virtually every potential source of data or information together through artificial intelligence. The goal is to change the way every commander, airman, and even thinking machine makes decisions. It’s a program called Data to Decision, or...

U.S. Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

February 12, 2018 In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years. The demonstration was part of the annual Northern Strike...

US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

February 8, 2018 In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years. The demonstration was part of the annual Northern Strike...

The Marines Are Giving Quadcopters to Every Squad

February 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Marines now are giving small, unmanned quadcopters to every squad so they can practice and drill with drones and robots. The drones will play a role in everything from beach assaults to training. “They’re going fast. We’re talking about [sending] two hundred a month,” said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh,...

DHS’s New Plan for Refugee Screening Looks a Lot Like TSA PreCheck

February 7, 2018 Refugees from 11 "high risk" countries whom the Trump administration tried to bar from the United States will once again be allowed to enter—if they clear a new, additional set of background checks, a senior administration official said Jan. 29. That puts an end to the “travel ban” that the...

How Long Did the US Government Know about Spectre and Meltdown?

February 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Did the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, hide two of the largest computer flaws in history from the rest of the U.S. government? Or did they fudge how badly the vulnerabilities caught them by surprise? On Jan. 2, the world learned that many CPUs manufactured by Intel expose supposedly-protected...