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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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Air Force looks to HBCUs to lead its first university applied research center

The tactical autonomy-focused center will focus on key areas including human-machine teaming, trust and collaboration between platforms.

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Spotlight on innovation in the 2023 defense policy bill

The Defense Innovation Unit stands to get $81 million, double its requested budget, for fiscal 2023, under the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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Defense topline funding could see a bump, panel chairman says

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told reporters he was confident that defense budget limits could be increased beyond the White House's request.

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How the Pentagon plans to manage inflation costs in contracts

The Defense Department urged contracting officers to "be mindful" of the varying impacts of inflation and "limit the scope" of equity pay adjustment clauses, according to new guidance.

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The Navy has saved $150 million by consolidating IT systems, official says

The Cattle Drive effort, which was announced in 2020, aims to reduce duplicative systems, their data, and save money.

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DIU, GSA sign deal to fast-track new tech to civilian agencies

The Defense Innovation Unit signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Services Administration to make it "easier for federal agencies to access innovative technology solutions" that have been successfully prototyped by DIU.

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How the Army is battle-testing cloud computing

How the service plans to use cloud computing — from boardrooms to the battlefield

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DIU sets up shop in Chicago

The Defense Department's tech innovation arm is expanding with a new midwest office.

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The Army eyes finish line for Microsoft Office 365 migration

Army CIO Raj Iyer said he expects classified and unclassified migrations to wrap up by 2025.

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Can small businesses keep up with defense cyber requirements?

The Defense Department is launching a study to assess how well companies can handle cyber self-assessments.

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Cyber will be larger part of future defense budgets, key senator says

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said cyber will continue to be a budget priority as it becomes "critical" on the battlefield.

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Pentagon acquisition reforms may get more scrutiny

William LaPlante, who has been nominated to be the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, indicated that he would review recent acquisition reforms and champion modern software practices if confirmed.

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The IC's 4-year emerging tech investment plan

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence's investment strategy aims to make it easier for companies to connect with program managers.

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Funding for DOD's software pilots holds strong in 2022

Future expansion could hinge on analysis that the strategy is working.

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Lawmakers worry about cyber risks in space

Senators questioned the commanders of Space Command and Strategic Command on their plans to handle an increase in space-based threats.

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For defense IT, acquisitions need to be more than 'just in time'

Contract planning and boosting small business in 2022 are top of mind for Debra Daniels, the vice procurement services executive for the Defense Information Systems Agency.

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Why vendors can't wait for CMMC to raise their cyber standards

"The current geopolitical climate...should have companies thinking about how they are currently defending themselves against cyber attacks," a defense official said on Thursday.

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Space acquisitions could see more 'discipline' from Biden pick

Frank Calvelli, the nominee for the first ever assistant secretary of the Air Force for space acquisition and integration, said better program management was key to keeping procurement on-time and on budget.

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Russian hackers are hitting cleared defense contractors, security agencies warn

The two-year campaign targeted sensitive but unclassified information stored by defense contractors.

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DOD bets on small businesses to improve industry competition

Part of the plan includes leaning in on other transaction agreements while increasing oversight of defense industry mergers and acquisitions.