Emerging Tech

NOAA Wants Hybrid Drones to Patrol the Coast

The agency wants an unmanned system that can fly like a plane but take off and land like a helicopter.

Emerging Tech

A Startling Spike on Mars

Methane gas is a potential indicator of life on the red planet, but it’s proving difficult to track.

Emerging Tech

The Gig Economy’s Storage Hustle

A startup called Neighbor bills itself as an “Airbnb for storage,” allowing hosts to rent out their empty sheds, closets and basements for other people’s stuff.

Emerging Tech

The Intelligence Community Wants to Hear Your Cutting-Edge Tech Pitch

ODNI is expanding one of its major vendor outreach programs to speed up adoption of emerging tech and modernize the intelligence community’s IT infrastructure.

IT Modernization

Watchdog: Poor Oversight Put GSA’s $50B Telecom Transition Over Schedule, Over Budget

The agency hired contractors to help with a smooth transition but ended up spending lots of money for little movement.

CIO Briefing

The Government’s Historic Spending Spree Continues

Spending data from the Government Accountability Office confirmed last year’s predicted spending spree and early fiscal 2019 data suggests historical spending levels continued.

Emerging Tech

U.S. Army Making Synthetic Biology a Priority

New thermal cloaking, insect proof uniforms are on the horizon, if the U.S. can get out in front of China.

IT Modernization

GSA Releases Draft Requirements For Governmentwide E-commerce Pilot

Interested vendors have until Aug. 1 to weigh in on the project, which is expected to officially kick off by the end of the year.

Cybersecurity

Report: Pentagon Should Assume U.S. Satellites Are Already Hacked

As U.S. and its allies tether more of their military operations to government and commercial satellites, they need to start taking cybersecurity more seriously.

Emerging Tech

How AI Will Transform Anti-Submarine Warfare

New Navy projects seek to capture more data about the oceans’ depths—then train computers to out-think human captains.

Emerging Tech

What Happened When I Rented an E-Scooter for (Almost) a Month

Bird’s new monthly rental program could force users and cities to reconsider e-scooters as a real mode of transportation. But there are some drawbacks.

Emerging Tech

Congress Wants DHS to Study Disruptive Deepfake Videos

Bills introduced in the House and Senate aim to combat the forged media through comprehensive research and technological assessments. 

CIO Briefing

OMB Adds Customer Experience, Data Policy Updates to Annual Budget Guidance

The Office of Management and Budget released an update to Circular A-11, outlining how agencies should be thinking about their fiscal 2021 budget requests.

Emerging Tech

You No Longer Own Your Face

Students were recorded for research—and then became part of a data set that lives forever online, potentially accessible to anyone.

Emerging Tech

Lawmaker: Human Problem at Pentagon Worse than Tech Problem

Rep. Jim Cooper says Congress shouldn’t accept a government topped by acting political appointees.

Policy

AI, Cyber Get Big Boost in Senate-Passed NDAA

The legislation would free up some $600 million for AI and cyber research, lock down the federal supply chain and prep the Pentagon for the cloud.

Ideas

What Is a ‘Smart City’ Supposed To Look Like?

The vision of the technology-powered metropolis of the future is being sold with images that bear little resemblance to the real world.

Emerging Tech

Electric Cars Still Face a Major Roadblock

To wean drivers off gas vehicles, automakers need to help them develop a whole new understanding of what it means to own a motorcar.

Emerging Tech

Spy Agencies Turn to AI to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

In a world where everyone can collect data on everything, speedy analysis could make or break U.S. national security, a top intelligence official says.