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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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Drone Warfare Is Why We Can't Find Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

March 20, 2014 The long and frustrating hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 might be a sign of what’s to come, thanks to our growing obsession with drone imagery at the expense of the quaint technology of satellite radar data. While today’s high-resolution image satellites can take very detailed pictures of relatively...

How the Military’s Bomb-Detecting Lasers Will Protect You From the Flu

March 20, 2014 Today, in many cases, a chemical or dirty bomb attack is a more likely threat to American soldiers than conventional bombs dropped from planes. For that reason, the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, or DARPA, is sponsoring a program to build small and powerful ultraviolet, or UV, lasers that could...

How the U.S. Outsmarted Everyone by Giving Up the Internet

March 17, 2014 The U.S. may have kept China and Russia from gaining influence over the Internet by announcing a plan to keep less control for itself. On Friday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, or NTIA, quietly announced that it is giving up remaining U.S. control of the Internet’s domain naming system...

Weekend Cyberattacks Target NATO, U.S. Military Commands

March 17, 2014 From the Middle East to Ukraine, it was a great weekend for anti-Western hacktivists looking to score cheap shots. Both NATO and U.S. Central Command fell victim to separate cyberattack attempts on the eve of the Crimea referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The Syrian Electronic Army, or...

Navy Submarine Drones Will Predict the Weather Months In Advance

March 14, 2014 In the next decade, Navy scientists will be able to predict the weather as far as 90 days into the future with the help of mathematical models, satellites, and submarine drones. The mathematical models are the most important element in the ocean and weather prediction cocktail. But making those models...

NSA Just Needs Better Public Relations, Says Incoming NSA Chief Rogers

March 13, 2014 President Obama’s pick to take over the National Security Agency, Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, told Congress that he has no serious reform agenda for the agency except for in one area: public relations. The NSA’s main problem, Rogers said in his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, is not the controversial...

The Internet Is the New Battleground, Assange Tells SXSW

March 9, 2014 AUSTIN, Texas - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared on a giant video screen on Saturday morning before a massive crowd of t-shirted and headphoned technology enthusiasts at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, and declared that the Internet has become a battleground between ever-more intrusive governments and the...

What Will $5 Billion in Military Cyber Spending Pay For?

March 5, 2014 The Pentagon’s wants $5.1 billion for cyber operations next year, an increase of about $4 million over this year’s budget, but exactly what the military wants to buy with that money is unclear. “There’s no set of program elements that led to this number. Maybe there needs to be, but...

Syrian Electronic Army Threatens to Hack CENTCOM

March 3, 2014 The Syrian Electronic Army takes to Twitter to threaten an attack on U.S. Central Command if the United States conducts cyberwarfare operations against Syria. The shadowy hactivist group that supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned on Friday that the strike would reveal “the U.S. command structure was...

The Army Wants You to Build Them a Laser Truck

February 28, 2014 The Pentagon has put lasers on planes and on ships. Now, the Army Space and Missile Defense Command has issued a call to industry to help it build a 50-kilowatt laser that can fit on the back of a mobile-home sized truck. The United States military is building off of...