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Lauren C. Williams

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Lauren C. Williams

Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for Defense One. She previously covered defense technology and cybersecurity for FCW and Defense Systems. Before then, Williams has reported on several issues, including internet culture, national security, health care, politics and crime for various publications. She has 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@govexec.com or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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Is the Pentagon changing fast enough?

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

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DISA's plea to industry: Bring us battlefield-ready tech

The Pentagon’s IT agency also wants help wringing more performance out of its existing gear.

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You get a software factory! And you get a software factory!

DISA’s Vulcan program aims to give defense agencies and field activities all the tools they need to improve their software development practices.

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After 5 full-throttle years, Kessel Run is settling in for the long haul

The new leader of the Air Force “software factory” wants data and architecture standards that stand the tests of time.

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How is the Air Force doing at cyber?

To answer the question, a new task force is working to map the service’s networks.

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The U.S. Army Is testing a data platform just for intelligence officers

It’s part of a larger effort to use commercial and cloud-based technologies to make the service more data centric.

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L3Harris wants to add drone data streams to night vision goggles

Improving image quality and broadening the amount of data feeds available are priorities for future versions.

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Pentagon creates team to improve SecDef’s IT

A new directorate will serve as a bridge between the Office of the Secretary of Defense and IT service providers.

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Small radios on armored vehicles will be a big step toward the Army's networked future

The challenges include trying to install them and making sure they don’t run out of range.

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Soldiers can use their phones for work under new Army pilot

Unlike other Pentagon BYOD efforts, this one taps the cloud for a secure remote work experience.

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DISA’s sweeping new plan takes aim at data silos, mistagged info

The Pentagon’s IT agency has policy and culture ideas to encourage freer, more secure info-sharing.

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Autonomous systems took center stage at AFA

The idea of teaming uncrewed systems with manned aircraft was a focal point in panels at annual conference, and on the showroom floor.

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The Air Force has a plan to #fixourcomputers and more

After airman complaints go viral, USAF CIO promises to make the service’s IT more generally reliable and capable.

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Space chief nominee worried about launchpad ‘traffic jams’

The Space Force will “need to look at other opportunities” as launch cadence grows, Lt. Gen. Chance Saltzman told lawmakers.

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U.S. trails China in key tech areas, new report warns

Ex-Google, DOD leaders paint dire picture unless U.S. organizes to win technology races.

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Army updates cyber training after some graduates weren’t ready for their jobs

New classes and updated curriculum reflect evolving threats and lessons from the Ukraine war.

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The Army wants smarter sensors to ease soldiers’ ‘cognitive burden’

New intelligence and electronic-warfare tools aim to help commanders get data faster.

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The Army is hunting for more soldier-connected tech

A recent solicitation calls for soldier-centered networking and information technology that will link existing and prototype technologies together.