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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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How OPM Can Find Its Missing Data on the Dark Web

June 9, 2015 The data breach announced last week — more than 4 million federal employee records stolen from the Office of Personnel Management, or OPM, allegedly by hackers linked to the Chinese government — was “the most significant” theft of government data ever, according to the chairman of the House Homeland Security...

Pentagon: We Don’t Actually Know How Much Anthrax We Mailed Ourselves

June 3, 2015 Today, the Pentagon again revised upward the number of Defense Department-affiliated sites to which it may have accidently sent live anthrax. The sites now number 51 in 17 states, plus the Pentagon itself, Osan Air Force Base in South Korea, and facilities in Australia and Canada. That’s a big jump...

How Not To Fix Airport Screening

June 2, 2015 Yesterday’s headlines — screeners missed 67 of 70 “weapons” in a test of airport security — were another embarrassment for a much-maligned agency. They may be just a symptom of the real problem. In order to get better at catching actual threats, the Transportation Security Agency has to reduce the...

This Is Why The Army Sent Anthrax To South Korea, Australia, and 11 States

May 29, 2015 The Army accidentally sent live anthrax samples to labs in nine states plus South Korea. Update: After we posted this on Friday, DoD officials issued a new statement saying that they had discovered that the anthrax had actually gone to 24 labs in 11 U.S. states plus facilities in South...

US Special Forces Are Experimenting With Bug Drones

May 28, 2015 I f you hear this tiny flying bug drone buzzing around your head, an Army Special Forces team might not be far behind. The 18-gram PD-100 Black Hornet from Norway’s Prox Dynamics can bear regular and thermal cameras about a kilometer and stay aloft more than 25 minutes. At the...

How Special Operators Are Taking Artificial Intelligence To War

May 28, 2015 The U.S. fight against the Islamic State and other extremist threats is increasingly in the hands of elite special operations units who will succeed or fail by their ability to collect, process, and exploit data at the speed of crisis. At the command level, that means reducing the number of...

Special Operators Are Using Rapid DNA Readers

May 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow TAMPA — Fingerprints are so 20th century. For special operations forces conducting midnight raids in places like Pakistan or Syria, DNA is becoming the gold standard. On Wednesday, representatives from the U.S. Special Operations Command revealed that they were testing two rapidDNA readers in forward locations. The operators feed in...

Special Operators Are Using Rapid DNA Readers

May 20, 2015 TAMPA -- Fingerprints are so 20th-century. For special operations forces conducting midnight raids in places like Pakistan or Syria, DNA is becoming the gold standard. On Wednesday, representatives from the U.S. Special Operations Command revealed that they were testing two rapid DNA readers in forward locations. The operators feed in...

US Helicopter Shot at By Anti-ISIS Forces; Commander Blames Iran

May 19, 2015 TAMPA -- Iranian-fueled rumors that the U.S. is arming the Islamic State, or ISIS, with weapons have resulted in at least one instance where anti-ISIS fighters fired on U.S. forces. Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani, the most important military leader in Iran, and a man with tremendous influence over...

Navy’s New Binoculars Can Identify You From 700 Feet Away

May 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It can be difficult to spot a face in the crowd, especially when the face belongs to someone who wants to kill you. That’s why the Navy is working to develop a wireless 3-D binocular face-recognition system. At the Defense Department’s inaugural Lab Day, held in the Pentagon’s courtyard, Defense...