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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor, Nextgov

Aaron Boyd
Aaron Boyd is an award-winning journalist currently serving as senior editor for technology and events at Nextgov. He primarily covers federal government IT contracting and cybersecurity issues affecting both civilian and defense agencies. As a lifelong nerd and policy wonk, he feels right at home covering the intersection of technology and policy in the nation's capital.
Science & Tech

US Army Wants Data Analytics to Spot ‘Emerging Tech Leaders’

The Army plans to issue a call later this month through its Small Business Innovation Research program.

Threats

Air Force Wants 'Data Science Ecosystems' to Shorten OODA Loops

The AF Research Lab is looking for ways to deal with the rising ocean of surveillance video and other sensor data.

Business

Pentagon Awards JEDI Cloud Contract to Microsoft, Again

The decision follows a months-long legal challenge filed by Amazon Web Services.

Science & Tech

TSA's Updated Strategy Seeks Better Tech, Data-Sharing

“TSA Administrator’s Intent 2.0,” released on Tuesday, updates the 2018 version.

Threats

DHS Expands Insider-Threat Program to Cover Everyone Who Accesses Its Info

The Homeland Security Department will begin tracking all personnel—federal employees and contractors, with or without a security clearance—in the hunt for insider threats.

Science & Tech

ICE Details Its Outsourced Face-Recognition Efforts

A new report details the workings, rules, and privacy implications of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's 3rd-party facial recognition system.

Science & Tech

How COVID-19 Kicked a USAF Software Team Into High Gear

The programming group that makes tools for the Air Force's developers is now posting about 10 upgrades per day.

Science & Tech

The Pentagon's $800M Effort to Embed AI In Decisions in 'All Tiers'

That's the goal of a five-year task order from the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center to Booz Allen Hamilton.

Science & Tech

The Army Wants a Wearable COVID-19 Detector

On Monday, the service issued a request for project proposals through the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium “to develop a wearable diagnostic capability."

Threats

US Army Wants to Model COVID's Impact on Combatant Commands

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research has sent an urgent request for COVID-19 modeling and prediction analyses services.

Science & Tech

US Army to Study How Humans Team With AI

A new contract will focus on the teaming aspect of artificial intelligence in warfare by analyzing how humans and machines think when working together.

Policy

Congress Hears Options—And Concerns—for Using Smartphone Data to Fight Coronavirus

Other countries have been using various forms of location- and proximity-tracing to slow the spread of the disease, with widely varying levels of privacy protections.

Science & Tech

Border Patrol Seeks Automated Sensors to Cover Watery Blindspots

Homeland Security is looking for tech that can help border agents spot illegal watercraft — and decide what to do about them.

Threats

Security Clearance Backlog Hits Long-Awaited ‘Steady State’

About 200,000 people are waiting for background investigations, which lawmakers called a welcome, "sustainable" level.

Science & Tech

US Space Force Lists 20 Tough Problems for 1st Pitch Day

The military’s newest branch invites industry to bring solutions on March 4. Officials want to move quickly if they see something they like.

Science & Tech

CBP Reverses Course on Mandatory Facial Scans for US Citizens

After criticism from Congress and privacy advocates, the border security agency says it will pull back a proposed rule change.

Science & Tech

CBP Aims to Sweep US Citizens into Facial-Recognition Program

A proposed rule change would no longer allow citizens and green card holders to opt out of Customs and Border Protection’s biometrics program.

Science & Tech

Meet the US Air Force's 1st Chief Experience Officer

The service hired digital consultant Colt Whittall to improve the digital tools that airmen use to fix things and fight.

Science & Tech

US to Deploy Anti-Drone Defenses Along US-Mexico Border

The manufacturer says its Titan system hijacks incoming drones' control signals, then tells them to land or return to base.

Science & Tech

US Testing Autonomous Border-Patrol Drones

Planck Aerosystems gets funding to try its small rotorcraft in operational environments over the next three to six months.