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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: Bringing Together Next-Gen Weather Forecasters

August 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tornados, hurricanes and blizzards, oh my! Throughout the year, researchers, practitioners and computer modelers gather from all over at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, to work on and learn about the next generation of extreme weather prediction. The workday in the Hazardous Weather Testbed typically...

Video: How 3D Printing Will Literally Make the Future

August 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since 3-D printing was first conceived in the early 1980s, its most widespread use has been in creating trinkets and art pieces, such as the Smithsonian's bust of President Obama. Fun and interesting for sure, but not the most practical. Over time, 3-D printing has become more sophisticated and as...

Video: Hackers Expose Security Flaws in Cars and Guns

August 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Black Hat hacker conference took place this week in Las Vegas, during which cybersecurity researchers revealed security vulnerabilities in devices like Android phones. But phones are not the only devices hackers are interested in, as more everyday items connect to the Internet. Today, some cars and firearms are powered...

Video: Curiosity Rover Celebrates 3 Years on Mars

August 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Happy anniversary, Curiosity! The latest visitor to Mars landed on the Red Planet in August 2012 inside Mars' Gale cCater. In the three years (or 1,000 Martian days) since, the rover has traveled nearly 11 kilometers and slowly made its way up to Mount Sharp. Along the way, Curiosity has...

Video: How To Stop Google From Tracking Your Location

August 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At this very moment, Google is using your mobile device to track your location. The tech giant has packaged this feature as Google Timeline, which allows users to go back and see where they've been. While that information is private and only available to the individual user, many might not...

4 Charts That Explain the State of Agency Cybersecurity after the OPM Hack

August 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following the massive breach of federal employee files precipitated by a series of cyberintrusions at the Office of Personnel Management, the Obama administration ordered agencies to immediately tighten network defenses during a 30-day “cybersecurity sprint.” The results are now in. The White House posted details from the cyber review online...

Video: Curious about Windows 10? Here Are the Features You Need to Know

July 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft has finally released its latest operating system, Windows 10, which is reconfigured from the past systems users are more familiar with, in hopes to increase productivity and workflow. A souped-up Windows Snap lets users reorganize. You can drag one window you're working with, into the corner of the screen...

Video: How Android Phones Can Be Hacked With One Text

July 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Android users, beware: 950 million Android phones and tablets are vulnerable to being hacked by text message. Through these poisonous texts, hackers can copy and delete data as well as spy on users through cameras and microphones. The text message contain a contaminated video attachment. Users don't even have to...

Video: Forget Driverless Cars. The Invisible Car is Almost Here

July 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Flying cars have been a dream since the Jetsons, and driverless cars will soon be a reality. But one unlikely automotive technology on the horizon? Invisibility. This isn't a Harry Potter-style invisible cloak that renders the vehicle invisible to outsiders. Rather, this new technology makes interior parts of the car...

Video: How to Drive a Lunar Spacecraft

July 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since its 2009 launch, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has made its way around the moon many times. Navigating the craft is exciting, but it's nothing like a racecar or a joystick-operated video game. The real process of driving the LRO involves computer science and teamwork between both people and satellites....