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Lauren C. Williams

Senior Editor

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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Cyber

DISA awards Thunderdome zero trust prototype

The defense IT agency has been crafting requirements for its foray into zero trust, called Thunderdome, and awarded Booz Allen Hamilton $6.8 million to develop a prototype leveraging software defined wide area networks.

Connected Warrior

An Air Force initiative for the hybrid workplace

The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center in Joint Base San Antonio has been transitioning to a hybrid work environment for two years, shrinking physical facilities by 40%.

Cloud

DISA preps for a diverse hybrid cloud environment

The Defense Information Systems Agency is experimenting with using commercial containers in data centers to help prepare for a multi-vendor, multi-capability cloud environment.

IT Infrastructure

Air Force secretary talks acquisitions, JADC2

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said he wants to focus on operational payoffs when it comes to the services programs, particularly the Air Force's contribution to Joint All Domain Command and Control called the Advanced Battle Management System.

IT Infrastructure

DISA is working on unified plan to phase out Joint Regional Security Stacks

As the Defense Department's top IT agency moves forward with Thunderdome, it's answer to zero trust, it's also mapping out how the embattled JRSS program feeds into it.

IT Infrastructure

DISA leans on training collaboration, academic partnerships to build future workforce

The Defense Department's IT agency says "collaborative environment" at U.S. Cyber Command's Dreamport has been key for tech workforce development.

IT Infrastructure

Army plans ICAM rethink to support unified network operations

To make mobile device use more secure, the Army is preparing a new identity and access requirements as it adopts zero trust security principles.

AI & Analytics

Why self-sufficiency is key to fostering data literacy in the Air Force

The Air Force wants to improve data literacy and culture, so it's creating a cadre of "citizen analysts" and communities of interest to build and then spread their knowledge.

IT Infrastructure

Defense officials press lawmakers for a 2022 appropriation

Defense officials warned lawmakers that some programs and tech efforts could be delayed or eliminated if Congress fails to pass a 2022 defense spending bill soon.

AI & Analytics

Can Project Maven help shape acquisition policy?

The DOD's inspector general found that the lack of a formal documentation process for acquisition metrics and procedures could prevent future growth of Project Maven and similar projects.

IT Infrastructure

NGA is betting on a hybrid workforce that mixes classified, unclassified personnel

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is looking to the future with plans to accommodate uncleared employees and to be prepared for "a changing world environment that we don't anticipate," said Mark Andress, the agency's CIO.

AI & Analytics

The Pentagon wants to broaden data partnerships with allies

The Defense Department’s chief data officer, David Spirk, talked about the growing community of data leaders among allies and how the partnerships can pay off.

Cyber

Closing the CMMC training gaps

Look for trainers working on the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program to realign their efforts to support recent changes to the certification process in 2022.

Connected Warrior

The Pentagon shifts to maximum telework as omicron surges

The Pentagon is urging personnel to use maximum telework as coronavirus infections spike in the Washington, D.C. region.

Cyber

The legacy of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission is officially sunsetting after more than two years, dozens of recommendations and a slew of legislative changes. But since there’s more to be done, the panel is rebooting its efforts as a non-profit.

Cloud

DISA is done with MilCloud 2.0

The program, which has a contract set to expire in May 2022, was designed to help DOD users from the military services and combatant commands leverage commercial cloud services.

Cyber

Inconsistent job coding may undercut DOD’s cyber workforce efforts

A DOD inspector general audit found that while the Pentagon has made strides, inconsistent job coding for civilian cyber work roles across filled and vacant positions may hinder recruiting and retention.

IT Infrastructure

DOD moves to mandate COVID-19 vaccines by September

The Defense Department plans to require COVID-19 vaccines for civilian, military and contractor personnel as early as September.

IT Infrastructure

Senate defense committee delays NDAA markup

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman for the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that the committee would delay marking up the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act due to "uncertainty" in White House budget delivery.

Cyber

Boosting student loan debt forgiveness could pay off for cyber recruiting

Almost all Defense Department personnel who have sought student loan debt forgiveness have been denied -- a trend that, if unchanged, could make it even harder to recruit and retain tech talent.