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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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Contractors’ reluctance to work With Pentagon on cybersecurity Is leaving vulnerabilities, DOD official says

Just 1% of defense firms use DOD’s free network-security services, its acting principal deputy chief information officer says.

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DISA’s plea to industry: bring us battlefield-ready tech

The Pentagon’s IT agency also wants help wringing more performance out of its existing gear.

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DISA’s sweeping new plan takes aim at data silos, mistagged info

The Pentagon’s IT agency has policy and culture ideas to encourage freer, more secure info-sharing.

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The US Army Is hunting for more soldier-connected tech

A recent solicitation calls for soldier-centered networking and information technology that will link existing and prototype technologies together.

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Vendors prep for new cyber rules of the road

Federal policy is shifting to impose tighter cybersecurity requirements on government contractors and Congress appears poised to impose new standards throughout the private sector.

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Marine Corps shares new information warfare doctrine

The Corps wants commanders to start thinking about the role of information in waging war.

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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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Defense companies aren’t seeking reprieve from inflation … yet 

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said the department has not received an “influx” of equitable adjustment requests.

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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.