2022 Year in Review: Critical Update

Nextgov’s favorite episodes from the final year of the Critical Update podcast.

NASA Looks to Re-Boost Satellite Orbits with Hubble Serving as a Model

Moving Hubble into a higher orbit will serve as an example of what the agency is looking to do for satellites in the future. 

Quantum Tech's Path to Commercialization Will Be a 2023 NIST Priority

The National Institute of Standards and Technology spearheaded applied quantum research in 2022, and looks to further stand up the growing industry in the coming year.

DHS Seeks Ideas for Automated Cyberattack Detectors in Annual Notice

The annual solicitation from the Small Business Innovation Research program seeks proposals for addressing seven different technology issues facing the Department of Homeland Security.

Historic Fusion Ignition Promises Innovation in Clean Energy, National Security

The breakthrough fusion experiment conducted last week at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory stands to change the U.S.’ national security posture and sustainable energy development.

Deploying Clean Energy Tech Depends on Cost Efficiency, Officials Say

Leaders in the government’s clean energy efforts discussed the priorities for building a clean energy economy.

DOD Creates Office to Enhance Investments in Tech Vital to National Security

The Pentagon’s Office of Strategic Capital will work with private capital providers to “shape and scale investment in critical technologies.”

Early Chief Innovation Officers Define the Role for Government

Though few agencies have the position, two of the government’s chief innovation officers see a need for every part of government to innovate.

Is the Pentagon Changing Fast Enough?

So far, two former defense insiders say, new service organizations are more promise than improvement.

NOAA Building ‘Digital Twin’ of Earth to Study Climate Change

In collaboration with NVIDIA and Lockheed Martin, NOAA will create a two-dimensional model of Earth based on climate data.

DOD Working on Prototype of Mobile Microgrid for Arctic Operations

The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit announced that it is partnering with MITRE and 10 Defense Department components to develop a microgrid capable of working at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit.

DOE Wants to Bridge Their 'Valley of Death'

Energy officials envision a cross-disciplinary team to bring advanced research topics focused on emerging technologies to life.

The Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Turned 10, What’s Next?

Presidential Innovations Fellow Director Rebeca Lamadrid discussed the “stay flexible” mentality of the program and where it is heading for its next 10 years.

Former Government Scientist Named Inaugural Director of New Health Innovation Agency

Dr. Renee Wegrzyn will lead the new agency––the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health––aimed at advancing biomedical innovation.

CENTCOM Launches Competition For Innovation from Troops

The ‘Shark Tank’-like competition will pull solutions from active-duty personnel for possible use in the field.