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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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What Keeps Pentagon’s Top Robotics Expert Up at Night?

August 31, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Gill Pratt might be called the military’s top mind in robotics. As the program manager for the DARPA Robotics Challenge, or DRC, Pratt managed an international competition that brought 24 teams to a simulated disaster zone in California, complete with rubble and disrupted communications, to explore how humans and robots...

Here’s What The Military’s Top Roboticist Is Afraid Of (It’s Not Killer Robots)

August 30, 2015 Gill Pratt might be called the military’s top mind in robotics. As the program manager for the DARPA Robotics Challenge, or DRC, Pratt managed an international competition that brought 24 teams to a simulated disaster zone in California, complete with rubble and disrupted communications, to explore how humans and robots...

The Military Wants Swarm Bots It Can Retrieve in Midair

August 28, 2015 Imagine a pilot in an expensive fighter jet flying over contested airspace somewhere in the Pacific. A series of blips of appears on the radar: drones staging a coordinated assault. But they’re far out to sea for attack drones -- too far, it seems, to make it back to any...

Flexible Electronics Are the Goal of Pentagon's First Silicon Valley Partnership

August 28, 2015 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — A partnership to develop electronic components that bend — think touchscreens that wrap around your arm, or aircraft wings made of sensors — is the next step in Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s fast-moving campaign to harness Silicon Valley’s innovation and invite its companies to help create...

Oshkosh Wins Massive Army Contract to Replace Humvee

August 26, 2015 Oshkosh won the Pentagon’s $30 billion sweepstakes to replace the U.S. Army’s Humvee with up to 55,000 new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs, over the next 25 years, service officials said. The Army awarded a $6.7 billion contract Tuesday to Oshkosh for an initial batch of 17,000 vehicles for...

Why a No-Fly-Zone for Drones Won’t Work

August 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Small consumer drones have become the plague that Moses missed. So far this year, 650 drones have been spotted by airline pilots. That's on pace to quadruple last year's total, which is troubling because if a pilot can see your drone in the air, it's close enough to worry about....

Oshkosh Wins $30 Billion Army Contract Battle to Replace Humvee

August 25, 2015 Oshkosh won the Pentagon’s $30 billion sweepstakes to replace the U.S. Army’s Humvee with up to 55,000 new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs, over the next 25 years, service officials said. The Army awarded a $6.7 billion contract Tuesday to Oshkosh for an initial batch of 17,000 vehicles for...

Chuck Schumer’s No-Fly-Zone Rule for Drones Won’t Work

August 24, 2015 Small consumer drones have become the plague that Moses missed. So far this year, 650 drones have been spotted by airline pilots. That’s on pace to quadruple last year’s total, which is troubling because if a pilot can see your drone in the air, it’s close enough to worry about....

Is the Ashley Madison Hack Really a National Security Risk?

August 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At some point on Monday, the hacker group Impact Team made good on a promise to release personally identifiable data of some 38 million users of AshleyMadison.com, a site that bills itself as a matchmaker for the adulterous. By Wednesday, the data dump had become international news. A California-based data...

The Government is Watching the Ashley Madison Hack

August 20, 2015 At some point on Monday, the hacker group Impact Team made good on a promise to release personally identifiable data of some 38 million users of AshleyMadison.com, a site that bills itself as a matchmaker for the adulterous. By Wednesday, the data dump had become international news. A California-based data...