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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pentagon Taps Leader to Implement New AI Ethics

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

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US Army Sleuths Seek Social-Media Search Services

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

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Inside America's First All-Biometric Airline Terminal

At Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, facial-recognition cameras and other ID systems plug into a data backbone installed by Customs and Border Patrol.

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DARPA Aims to Develop a ‘Sea Train’ of Unmanned Warships

The Pentagon’s research arm is looking for technologies for a new class of long-distance unmanned surface vessels.

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NSA, Army Seek Quantum Computers Less Prone to Error

Even ordinary computers flip a bit here and there, but their quantum cousins have a lot more ways to go wrong.

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NIST Creates Biometric Databases to Spur ID Research

The data collections include fingerprints, facial photographs and iris scans — and they're meant to be just the start.