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Lauren C. Williams

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Lauren C. Williams

Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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Emerging Tech

IARPA Researchers Want Immersive, 3D Imagery for Training and Simulation

The project seeks software and applications to enhance the intelligence community’s surveillance images.

CXO Briefing

The Pentagon Should Keep Better Tabs on IT Cybersecurity, Supply Chain Risks, GAO Says

The findings come as the Defense Department continues to increase its investment in information technology and cybersecurity year over year—a trend that could likely mean more scrutiny.

Emerging Tech

Lack of Space National Guard Could Hurt Training, Recruiting

National Guard directors are worried about losing key talent for space capabilities without the creation of a specified guard and reserve component.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Want to Know How Much Bad Software Costs DOD

When the House Armed Services Committee begins its markup process of the annual defense authorization bill on June 8, look out for a provision asking the Pentagon to account for wasted money and lost productivity caused by poorly performing software.

Emerging Tech

How the Pentagon Plans to Manage Inflation Costs in Contracts

The Defense Department urged contracting officers to "be mindful" of the varying impacts of inflation and "limit the scope" of equity pay adjustment clauses, according to new guidance.

Emerging Tech

How ‘Cultural Artifacts’ Impede DOD's Ability to go Big on AI

Pushing AI to the battlefield to help commanders make more informed decisions also means confronting the Defense Department’s worst enemy: the budget process.

Emerging Tech

DOD to Debut Virtual Desktops for Certain Highly Classified Programs

The effort, which sunsets "Chinstrap" desktop hardware, has been a key priority in the Pentagon's CIO shop.

CXO Briefing

Pentagon Wants to Take the Time to Get Major Cloud Awards 'Right,' CIO Says

John Sherman, DOD's chief information officer, told a congressional committee that while "urgency" is needed to move the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability contract along so is taking the time to "get this right."

CXO Briefing

Pentagon Closing in on 'Ethical' AI Implementation

The Defense Department released guidance for using AI responsibly last year.

Emerging Tech

The Pentagon Wants to Prevent Personnel Data Tracking, Breaches

The Defense Department's innovation shop is looking for commercial solutions that can help better protect personnel data.

CXO Briefing

Senator Not Sold on Army’s $22 Billion Bet on IVAS

In response, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth told senators she was "pretty comfortable" with the program's progress and said she didn't agree with elements of a critical oversight report.

CXO Briefing

Pentagon Still Not Taking Full Advantage of Rapid Acquisition Authorities, Former Official Says

Ellen Lord, the former undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment during the Trump administration, told senators "strong leadership" was needed to fully embrace rapid acquisitions policies.

Emerging Tech

The military's 5G capabilities could be stale by the time they're fielded

The Navy's chief digital innovation officer, Michael Galbraith, said when it comes to 5G, his biggest concern after security is "time to market."

Emerging Tech

U.S. Space Systems See 'Dramatic' Spike in Risks Amid Global Competition

Officials from the Defense Intelligence Agency said there's been a steep increase in the pace and scope of operations since 2019 primarily from China and Russia.

CXO Briefing

Warren Presses Defense Secretary on Wasteful Contractor Spending

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said adding to the Pentagon's topline for 2023 to account for inflation would just invite "defense contractors to pick taxpayers' pockets."

IT Modernization

Air Force software factory looks to unleash 'chaos' on civilian IT shops

The Kessel Run group is currently developing a playbook that would make it easier for organizations across the federal government to adopt engineering and security best practices.

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.

Emerging Tech

The IC's 4-year Emerging Tech Investment Plan

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence's investment strategy aims to make it easier for companies to connect with program managers.

CXO Briefing

Funding for DOD's Software Pilots Holds Strong in 2022

Future expansion could hinge on analysis that the strategy is working.

Cybersecurity

Russian Hackers Are Hitting Cleared Defense Contractors, Security Agencies Warn

The two-year campaign targeted sensitive but unclassified information stored by defense industrial base companies.