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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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Defense

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.

Defense

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.

Defense

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.

Defense

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.

Defense

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.

Defense

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.

Defense

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

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

Defense

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.

Defense

The Pentagon’s plan to speed up software buying for weapons systems

The DOD’s dedicated software acquisition pathway is nearly two years old, and is already being used by a few dozen programs.

Defense

Coast Guard wants better internet on its ships, and more recruits

Commandant Fagan ties increased connectivity to operational needs and improving Coasties’ quality of life.

Cybersecurity

Faster attacks have Cyber Command looking to add all-too-scarce experts

“I think the only way that I'm going to be able to do that in the near term is to grow the workforce myself,” command official says.

Defense

A Navy cyber effort is fixing thousands of holes—and building tech talent

A 10th Fleet operation gives tech-curious reservists some training and a real-world mission.

Defense

Hypersonic missile-tracking satellites greenlit for development

The Space Development Agency awarded L3Harris and Northrop Grumman $1.3 billion in contracts to deliver prototypes that track quick-maneuvering hypersonic missiles in flight.

Defense

The Biden administration wants to standardize how the U.S. conducts cyber operations

The White House is reviewing a Trump administration policy that made it easier for U.S. Cyber Command to conduct offensive cyber operations.

Defense

Army’s new plan to ‘transform’ soldier healthcare with tech

Service leaders will boost research into synthetic blood, quantum computing, and more.

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.