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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Video: Just How Vulnerable Are Voting Machines?

September 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the 2016 election approaches, a series of hacks, including one targeting the Democratic National Committee, have raised questions about the security of our voting system, particularly electronic voting machines. While no evidence of direct interference has been found, research says voting machines are extremely vulnerable. Most of the machines...

Video: America's First Offshore Windfarm

September 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department recently finished construction of the Block Island wind farm, located off the coast of Rhode Island. The farm features five turbines, which together will produce 30 megawatts of energy—the equivalent to powering 17,000 New England homes. Energy expects the wind farm will go online by the end...

Video: FCC Wants to Make Cable Set-Top Boxes a Thing of the Past

September 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to a congressional study, 99 percent of pay-TV subscribers are spending $231 a year on renting set-top boxes. But the Federal Communications Commission wants to make a massive change. The proposed alternative? Accessing TV services from an app on a smartphone or other device. Customers could watch Comcast through...

Video: Tips and Tricks for iPhone's New iOS

September 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Along with the iPhone 7, Apple has released an update to its operating system. IOS 10 has a few updates that will streamline the way you use your phone. The "raise to wake" feature lets users simply lift the phone to bring the screen up for a quick notification check...

Video: NASA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of 'Star Trek'

September 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first episode of "Star Trek" aired 50 years ago, today. From the original series to the upcoming Discovery franchise, the long-running sci-fi series showed viewers a vision of the future of diversity, international cooperation and exploration far into the cosmos. NASA is celebrating the show's 50th anniversary and the...

360 Video: Watch NASA Astronauts Train for a Spacewalk Underwater

September 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How does an astronaut train for the strange conditions of space without going to space? Underwater, of course. To train for the spacewalk, or extra vehicular activity, astronauts work on a full-scale replica of the International Space Station inside of the largest indoor swimming pool in the world at Johnson...

Video: How the Energy Department Is Enabling the Wind Plant of Tomorrow

September 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How can we improve wind energy? That is the question the Energy Department is asking with its Atmosphere to Electrons, or A2e, multiyear research initiative. "It's really a brand-new consortia that was put together to really take wind energy from where we see it today to tomorrow where, as a...

Video: How to Use NIST's Cybersecurity Framework

September 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What is the best way to use the Cybersecurity Framework? Developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Cybersecurity Framework is a tool available to all kinds of organizations to bolster their security. Based on existing standards and guidelines, it focuses on five key actions: identify, protect, detect,...

Video: The Most Advanced Science Ship in America Hits the Water

September 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The newest member of the U.S. academic research fleet has hit the seas. The Sally Ride, named after the first American woman in space, belongs to the U.S. Navy, but is operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California. Measuring 238 feet long, the vessel contains four...

Video: The Largest 3-D-Printed Object in the World

August 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's official: The Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has produced the world's biggest solid 3-D-printed object and the feat was even verified by Guinness World Records. The object in question? A tool for Boeing to use when building the wings for its 777X aircraft. It's lighter and cheaper than...

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