Author Archive

Brandi Vincent

Staff Correspondent

Brandi Vincent
Brandi Vincent reports on the federal government's use of and policies for emerging technologies—including but not limited to supercomputing, artificial intelligence, biometrics, and the internet of things. Before joining Nextgov, Brandi helped create news for millennials at Snapchat and mixed media at NBC News. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Science & Tech

Inside the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Quantum Lab

Basic science, practical engineering — and an attempt to focus on the most productive lines of effort.

Threats

Two Years In, US Quantum-Science Coordinator Lays Out Next Steps

Three agencies involved in quantum research spent 2019 planning and 2020 launching new efforts. 

Science & Tech

How Two US Military Bases Are Exploring 5G’s Potential

Defense Department-led pursuits of next-generation connectivity will hone in on survivability, security, and innovation.

Science & Tech

Mapping Agency Wants to ID Locations by Sound

If your technology can tell what city it's in just by listening, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency may have a prize for you.

Science & Tech

The Army Is Working on Augmented Reality Goggles for Military Dogs

A prototype aims to help handlers see things from the dog's point of view, and give commands while staying out of sight.

Threats

Firms Picked to Make Orbiting Sensors for Next-Gen US Missile-Defense System

The sensors and satellites will be part of the Tracking Layer component of the next-gen missile-defense system.

Science & Tech

Inside the Volunteer Supercomputer Team That's Hunting for COVID Clues

The White House's team recently added the world's fastest computer to its informal network of more than 40.

Science & Tech

Deepfake Threats Would Get Annual DHS Look Under Proposed Law

The Deepfake Report Act would require the Homeland Security Department to study the threats posed by manipulated and synthetic text and imagery.

Science & Tech

DARPA Funds Earthworm-Inspired Soft Robot to Dig Tunnels

As part of the Underminer program, General Electric’s innovation arm is perfecting a soft robot to boost battlefield operations.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Task Force Turns to Data to Shape COVID-19 Response

The group aims to use models and information to judge risks to the Defense Department and its missions.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Supercomputers Puzzle Out How to Safely Airlift Coronavirus Patients

And that's just one of the various pandemic-related problems that Defense Department supercomputers are chewing on.

Threats

DHS Makes a Master List of Coronavirus Knowns and Unknowns

The list is meant to help government decision-makers make better choices about policies and actions.

Science & Tech

White House Releases National Strategy for 5G Security

The strategy focuses on four lines of effort and will guide how the government approaches 5G for the near future.

Science & Tech

Esper to DOD: Expect to Telework for 'Weeks For Sure, Maybe Months'

At a virtual town hall, the defense secretary asked troops and employees to be extra careful of phishing attempts and to disregard dis- and misinformation about COVID-19.

Science & Tech

Oak Ridge National Lab Taps Supercomputers to Fight Coronavirus

Researchers received emergency computation time to run through a database of drug compounds to see which combinations might prevent COVID-19.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Taps Leader to Implement New AI Ethics

It's Alka Patel, a lawyer who has been working for the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

Science & Tech

US Army Sleuths Seek Social-Media Search Services

The Criminal Investigation Command is looking to tap into social media sites for digital evidence.