Author Archive

Brandi Vincent

Defense Technology Correspondent

Brandi Vincent
Brandi Vincent reports on national security technologies and policies, and produces the Critical Update podcast. Before joining Nextgov, she produced a long-form documentary and helped create news content at Snapchat and NBC Network. Brandi was named a 2021 Paul Miller Washington Fellow by the National Press Foundation and was awarded SIIA’s 2020 Jesse H. Neal Award for Best News Coverage. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.
IT Modernization

DOD’s Long and Winding Road to (Hopefully) Deploying an Enterprise Cloud

Every new delay should “be an alarm that goes off in the hearts and minds of those who are looking at how we can be competitive in the future against China,” according to one official.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon’s ‘Mobile’ Nuclear Microreactor Will be Demonstrated at Idaho National Lab

The potential, modern energy source could help power operations in austere environments down the line.


How a Social Worker Became the Defense Logistics Agency's First Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Under her leadership the agency is ‘just starting’ to really understand what it means to apply data as a strategic asset.

Emerging Tech

International Space Station Launches AI Program to Test Astronaut Gloves

Spaceborne Computer-2 is providing insights in real-time, just months after it was delivered to the ISS, Nextgov confirmed.


Lawmakers Move to ‘Crack Down’ on Dark Web-Based Opioid Trafficking

Three agencies could be required to report on the use of cryptocurrency for drug dealing on the dark web.


Why Biden's Proposed Investment in Space Object Surveillance is a Big Deal

Space policy and technology experts weighed in on the nearly 800% increase for the Office of Space Commerce included in the FY2023 budget request.

IT Modernization

Pentagon’s Effort to Supply Departmentwide Cloud Capabilities is Delayed, Again

Officials say they essentially underestimated how long it would take to review plans from the four cloud service providers.

IT Modernization

Software Certification Could Get A Little Simpler Under Evolving DARPA Project

An effort worth millions, led by GE Research, could result in an automated assurance model.


Zoom's New Security Authorization Might Soon Mean Expanded Use by Defense Components

A large number of entities were awaiting this fresh approval, a senior official confirmed.


Critical Update: Inching Closer to the Long-Awaited, Next Generation of Supercomputers

Following a recent delivery, involved federal teams are now “focused on preparing for full user operations,” Nextgov confirmed.