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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 Systems

The Navy’s latest sea base is drone-ready

USS John L. Canley was designed to tackle a variety of missions, including special operations and counter-mine efforts.

Defense Systems

Navy leaders want more code-loving sailors at sea

One wants to take ad hoc data science efforts and fold them into a formal training cycle.

Defense Systems

No phishing: Navy uses automation, data analytics to protect seagoing networks

10th Fleet is also working to help ships’ cyber defenders reach back to experts on land.

Threats

Navy robot ships on a 15-year path to operating ‘at speed and scale,’ CNO says

Adm. Franchetti’s plans to compete with China include better networks, unmanned infrastructure, and a new robotics rating for sailors.

Defense Systems

The Navy is building dashboards for its connect-everything effort

A conversation with Rebellion Defense about its new contract for Project Overmatch.

Defense Systems

The Pentagon may need machines to help stop insider threats

Humans can’t always pick up on the nuances of network behavior so there’s a need for secure, automated tools that can.

Threats

China is winning the shipbuilding numbers game—and that’s a problem, INDOPACOM nom says

“We are not overmatched, but I don't like the pace of the trajectory,” said Adm. Samuel Paparo, head of U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Defense Systems

The Pentagon’s IT agency is crafting its very own AI-chatbot

The Alexa-type bot would help answer simple queries like “how to get a new laptop,” the agency’s chief tech officer said.

Defense Systems

The Pentagon’s latest connect-everything experiment shows progress, chief says

December's JADC2 experiment produced “a new set of connections across multiple data fabrics and applications,” said DOD’s deputy chief data and artificial intelligence officer.

Policy

Drones, armor lead new efforts by Ukraine’s foreign backers

The Pentagon-led Ukrainian Defense Contact Group seeks to keep Kyiv “ahead of the curve.”

Defense Systems

How the Navy is using deployed ships to improve maintenance

The goal is to keep ships at sea and those in queue up to date, the service’s surface warfare director said.

Defense Systems

Some secret military programs are getting a little less secret

New classification guidance aims to streamline operations within the Pentagon and with foreign partners.

Business

Pentagon unveils its long-awaited defense industry strategy

The first-of-its-kind document aims to address fragile supply chains revealed by a global pandemic and simultaneous international conflicts.

Defense Systems

Budget standoff delays Army’s artillery-targeting upgrade

New system will replace spreadsheets and PowerPoint to generate options at “machine speed.”

Defense Systems

The Army wants smaller command posts. But first it needs great software

What’s missing is the ability to rapidly configure existing gear and networks to a given mission and environment.

Defense Systems

The Army’s network is changing. But it still ‘needs work’

The service’s modernization chief said future war will be a conflict of systems where command and control will be central.

Policy

The 2024 defense policy bill has a lot of cyber

Other provisions touch on diplomacy and nuclear command and control, among other things.