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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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Cybersecurity

Vendors prep for new cyber rules of the road

Federal policy is shifting to impose tighter cybersecurity requirements on government contractors and Congress appears poised to impose new standards throughout the private sector.

Defense

Pentagon's classification system lacks consistency, IG finds

The inspector general wrote that inaccurate or incomplete security classification guides “increase the risk” of over- or under-classification due to incorrect interpretation or application.

Defense

Marine Corps shares new information warfare doctrine

The Corps wants commanders to start thinking about the role of information in waging war.

Defense

Air Force looks to HBCUs to lead its first university applied research center

The tactical autonomy-focused center will focus on key areas including human-machine teaming, trust and collaboration between platforms.

Defense

New USAF space buyer eyes fixed-price contracts

Frank Calvelli, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration, said "fixed-price contracting is not a bad approach for space things" and could help keep acquisitions on time.

Defense

The Pentagon's plan for 'responsible AI'

A 47-page document released this week outlines the Pentagon's plan to incorporate its two-year old ethical AI principles throughout a system's design, development and use.

Defense

Spotlight on innovation in the 2023 defense policy bill

The Defense Innovation Unit stands to get $81 million, double its requested budget, for fiscal 2023, under the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Defense

IARPA researchers want immersive, 3D imagery for training and simulation

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

Defense

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.

Defense

Defense topline funding could see a bump, panel chairman says

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told reporters he was confident that defense budget limits could be increased beyond the White House's request.

Defense

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.

Defense

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.

Defense

Space Force preps to take on Army, Navy SATCOM this year, official said

Lt. Gen. William Liquori, the Space Force's deputy chief of space operations, strategy, plans, programs, requirements, and analysis, said there have been discussions to ensure a smooth transition "and ultimately have no impact on the end users."

Defense

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.

Defense

Coast Guard's small IT programs suffer from inconsistent oversight policy, GAO finds

The Government Accountability Office found inconsistent evaluations of baseline goals, like cost changes, for the Coast Guard's non-major IT acquisition programs which led to inaccurate estimates of cost increases.

Defense

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.

Defense

The Navy has saved $150 million by consolidating IT systems, official says

The Cattle Drive effort, which was announced in 2020, aims to reduce duplicative systems, their data, and save money.

Defense

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.

Defense

DOD isn't meeting some of the cybersecurity standards it set for contractors

A recent Government Accountability Office report highlighted that the Defense Department wasn't meeting all of the requirements it sets for contractors when it comes to protecting sensitive, unclassified information.

Defense

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."