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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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Obama Pushes for Greater Intel Sharing in New Strategy

February 9, 2015 This story has been updated. In the new National Security Strategy unveiled Friday, President Barack Obama said better information sharing across intelligence agencies is one of his key requirements to protecting the country from everything from ISIL to infrastructure-crippling cyber attacks. The administration is working to “better integrate” the intelligence...

Here’s What You’ll Find on the Fighter Jet of 2030

February 5, 2015 On Monday, President Barack Obama’s budget request for the Pentagon featured more than $5 million dollars for an item tagged “Next Generation Fighter.” If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the plane of the future meant to replace the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18 Growler aircraft by 2030. Much like...

The Navy Has a Fire Fighting Robot

February 4, 2015 The date is Nov. 3, 2014. A fire erupts on the ex-USS Shadwell, anchored in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Smoke quickly fills the small room where the fire burns in a metal canister. A tall humanoid robot lumbers down the hall and then senses the blaze with a stereoscopic thermal imaging...

Obama Wants More Money for Military Spy Satellites, Lasers, Space Fence

February 2, 2015 President Barack Obama’s Defense Department budget request released Monday shows that the route to technological breakthroughs is often winding. Last year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a new “ offset strategy” to develop breakthrough solutions to secure American technological dominance into the next century. This year, the budget request increases...

White House Wants More Reaper Drones To Fight ISIS

February 2, 2015 President Barack Obama today requested a healthy increase in the number of MQ-9 Reaper drones that the Pentagon will purchase next year, further reversing the brief trend in fewer drone purchases. The numbers show that the Reaper is becoming the military’s favorite weapon in its fight against ISIS. But some...

Better Simulation Could Save the Military Millions

January 30, 2015 How much is a good video game worth? To the military, the answer is billions. Pentagon leaders responding to a new survey conducted by the Government Business Council, GBC, said that the main thing restraining simulation training was "fidelity.” Read that to mean the games just are not feeling realistic...

What Your Facebook Posts Mean to US Special Operations Forces

January 29, 2015 It was in the 1873 book “On War,” that Prussian military scholar Carl von Clausewitz give birth to the term “fog of war,” writing that “war is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters of the factors on which action in war is based are wrapped in a fog of greater...

Researchers Develop Program That Can Read Malware’s Mind

January 27, 2015 After a decade in development, researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, or ORNL, have unveiled a new type of malware detection program that points to the future of cybersecurity tools. It’s called Hyperion, after the Greek titan who first came to understand the movement of the sun and the...

Did the White House Use Drone Killing Technology?

January 26, 2015 This story has been updated. At about 3 a.m. on Monday morning, a small quadcopter drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, crashed on the White House lawn. White House officials said that the drone, by itself, was unarmed and didn’t represent a threat. Authorities quickly located the owner, a government employee,...

The US Military Is Building Gangs of Autonomous Flying War Bots

January 23, 2015 For the Pentagon, drones are cheaper to buy and to operate than regular fighter jets. An armed MQ-9 Reaper drone runs about $14 million, compared to $180 million or more for an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But unlike barrel-rolling a jet, the business of actually operating a unmanned aerial vehicle,...