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Brandi Vincent

Defense Technology Correspondent

Brandi Vincent
Brandi Vincent reports on national security technologies and policies, and produces the Critical Update podcast. Before joining Nextgov, she produced a long-form documentary and helped create news content at Snapchat and NBC Network. Brandi was named a 2021 Paul Miller Washington Fellow by the National Press Foundation and was awarded SIIA’s 2020 Jesse H. Neal Award for Best News Coverage. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Threats

China May Steal Encrypted Data Now to Decrypt In Years to Come, Report Warns

Quantum computers promise to render today's encryption largely obsolete. A Booz Allen report says it's time to start managing the risks.

Policy

Lawmakers Push DOD to Share its Data to Help U.S. Make AI Gains

New legislation to pilot easy-access data libraries could be included in the fiscal 2022 NDAA.

Science & Tech

Army Gets Strategic About Going Digital

Policy reforms and technology boosts are in the pipeline, military leaders confirmed.

Policy

NSA Cyber Chief Spells Out Near-Term Priorities

Ransomware is a top concern, but the agency is also looking ahead to defending networked weapons and post-quantum encryption.

Science & Tech

USAF Wants Wearables to Spot Outbreaks Faster

Top officials are also looking into data integration and digital traceability tools to help keep staff healthy.

Science & Tech

US Air Force’s First Software Chief Steps Down

Nicolas Chaillan, who led a Pentagon-wide DevSecOps effort, said he was leaving in part because of a lack of support from senior leaders.

Science & Tech

Floating Robot Gas Station To Get Pentagon Trial

The aim is a kit to convert barges into self-propelled, expeditionary replenishment platforms for rotary wing aircraft, surface vessels, and shore stations.

Science & Tech

Army’s New Facility Aims to Speed Up Fielding Tech

Work there will support DOD’s new soldier goggles — formally known as the Integrated Visual Augmentation System.

Science & Tech

20 Federal Agencies Used Face-Recognition Tech in 2019-20

Most of the images were collected by the controversial company Clearview AI, a Government Accountability Office report found.

Science & Tech

US Army, UMD Form AI Partnership

Five-year effort will launch with 18 projects focused on AI, autonomy, and modeling and simulation.

Science & Tech

US Army Explores Equipping Robots with Living Muscle Tissue

A scientist from the Army Research Lab gave a glimpse into its early work with biohybrid robotics.

Threats

US Aims to Diversify Its Quantum Workforce Early On

To fill a shortage of quantum scientists, leaders in the field are working to build an inclusive community — starting in grade school.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Looks to Tap 5G in Space

“Any aspect of 5G applied to any aspect of space systems is of potential interest,” says a new request for information.

Science & Tech

US Army Tests Autonomous Vehicle in Maryland

Researchers aim to better understand how the self-moving machines respond to real-world challenges.