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Lauren C. Williams

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Lauren C. Williams

Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with 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@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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Policy

Fight With Information, Not Just Munitions, Marine Corps Tells Commanders

A new doctrinal document asks Marines to consider information warfare as they build their battle plans.

Business

New Air Force Space Buyer Eyes Fixed-Price Contracts

Frank Calvelli, assistant secretary for Space Acquisition and Integration, said it's "not a bad approach for space things" and could help keep acquisitions on time.

Threats

Major Pentagon IT Projects Lack Plans to Secure Networks, Supply Chains: GAO

Watchdog also noted cost increases among most of the Defense Department's top 25 IT efforts.

Policy

Lack of Space National Guard Could Hurt Training, Recruiting

Guardsmen in space-related jobs have trouble getting into Space Force schools, leaders say.

Policy

How Much Does Bad Software Cost DOD? Lawmakers Want to Know

The House Armed Services Committee's version of the defense authorization act is getting a provision asking the Pentagon to account for wasted money and lost productivity caused by poorly performing software.

Business

How the Pentagon Plans to Manage Inflation in Contracts

Contracting officers are told to "be mindful" of rising costs but to "limit the scope" of adjustment clauses.

Science & Tech

‘Cultural Artifacts’ Are Keeping DOD From Going Big on AI

Policy, budgets, and budget execution are getting in the way, the outgoing head of the joint AI center says.

Science & Tech

A Navy 'Cattle Drive' Has Saved $150M in IT Costs

The service's two-year-old effort to consolidate computer systems is to be duplicated across the Pentagon.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Wants to Take the Time to Get Major Cloud Awards 'Right,' CIO Says

That's a lesson from past failures to apply to the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability contract, John Sherman said.

Policy

The Pentagon Is Closing in on 'Ethical' AI Implementation

The Defense Department released guidance for using AI responsibly last year.

Policy

Coast Guard Academy Graduates its First Cyber Majors

A "handful" of new cyber specialists will go to the service's Cyber Command headquarters for their initial assignment.

Science & Tech

US Army Is Battle-Testing Cloud Computing

Various commands are trying out the service's cArmy infrastructure for common operating pictures, training, and more.

Policy

The Army Wants to Change How It Manages Cyber Risk

The service is working to stand up a risk management council in the coming month.

Science & Tech

The Military's 5G Gear Could Be Obsolete When It's Fielded

"Time to market" is the Navy's chief digital innovation officer's biggest 5G concern, after security.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Delays Department-wide Cloud, Again

Officials say they didn't expect to need so much time to choose among four bids for a $9 billion cloud contract.

Science & Tech

Army's Augmented Reality Headset Program 'Alive and Well,' Despite Delays

The Integrated Visual Augmentation System has had problems with image resolution, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.

Science & Tech

DOD Wants More Software Factories

Defense officials outlined plans to make the Air Force's Kessel Run a model across the department.

Policy

Project Maven Shows Need for Better Acquisition Policies, DOD Watchdog Finds

The Air Force's AI project moved fast. One of its lessons is the need for better acquisition policies and documentation.

Policy

Intelligence Agency Looks to Mix Cleared, Uncleared Workers

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency wants to build workspaces that can accommodate a hybrid workforce of people and organizations with and without security clearances.