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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.
Emerging Tech

VA Inks $13 Million Contract with Google Cloud to Drive the Making of Apps for Vets

A new announcement marks the “continued evolution” of an ongoing program and aims to promote customer experience.

CIO Briefing

Newly Uncovered Emails Intensify Republican Senator's Unease About DOD’s Cloud Contracts

A senior senator continued a back-and-forth with auditors over the Defense Department's now-canceled JEDI contract.

Emerging Tech

Air Force Improvises With 3D Printing to Overcome Supply Chain Challenge

A senior airman’s creative idea resulted in money saved and capabilities improved at Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

Emerging Tech

Intel Researchers Explore Making Adaptive Computer Systems that Can Be Worn Like Comfy Clothes

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity wants information to accelerate the design of smart, responsive textiles.

Emerging Tech

Army to Deploy Virtual Reality Capabilities to Combat Sexual Assault

Lessons on regulatory guidance and more will be provided through the potential new training.

IT Modernization

2022 Defense Authorization Bill (Once Again) Looks to Reform How DOD Buys Tech

National Defense Authorization Act provisions sparked support and skepticism from several experts.

Emerging Tech

How the Government Expanded its Supercomputing Assets in 2021

A number of new and powerful machines are being built and installed for federal agencies.

Emerging Tech

Researchers to Harness America’s First Exascale Supercomputer in Summer 2022

It will be used to pinpoint new patterns in patient data for precision medicine—and more.

Emerging Tech

Navy Wants Biosynthetic Materials to Hit with Fire and Laser Strikes

Officials would also like to see how drones can be benefitted by nature-inspired material.

IT Modernization

Air Force Chief Software Office Prepares ‘Big Questions’ for Next CSO

A bit has unfolded since the branch's first chief software officer, Nic Chaillan, left the government earlier this year.

CIO Briefing

Senate Confirms John Sherman as Pentagon’s Tech Chief

He’s poised to steer the Pentagon through a maze of cybersecurity, AI and data challenges.

Emerging Tech

DISA’s milCloud 2.0 to Sunset in Summer 2022

A determination was made amid the agency’s Strategic Program Assessment process.

CIO Briefing

Special Report: Computing on the Edge

As other infrastructure needs improve—from cloud to 5G networks—agencies are looking at what can be done at the edge, from warehouses to low-Earth orbit.

CIO Briefing

Legislation Could Mandate DOD to Review How it Categorizes Drones

The lawmaker that proposed it said he hopes to make it easier for the military to operationalize new UAS technologies.

Emerging Tech

Army Plans to Award Millions for Digital Night Vision Technology

The technology would improve servicemembers’ ability to collect, disseminate, display, and respond to digital information.

CIO Briefing

NDAA Inclusions Prioritize Pentagon Emerging Technology Pursuits

The legislation’s inclusions would mandate new investments across AI, quantum information science, biotechnology and more.

Emerging Tech

Defense Spending Bill Contains ‘Most Significant’ UFO Legislation Since 1960s

The legislation calls for details on reported health issues connected to UAP sightings, ‘transmedium objects,’ those that hover near military nuclear sites—and more.