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: Uber's Self-Driving Big Rig

October 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine driving down the highway when you pass by an 18-wheeler with no one behind the wheel. That's exactly what's happening with Uber's latest project: self-driving trucks. Uber recently purchased San Francisco startup Otto, which takes traditional trucks and gives them a $30,000 retro-fit to make them autonomous. The company...

Video: How to Navigate With Google Maps Hands Free

October 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With law enforcement coming up with new ways to catch you texting and driving, it's more important than ever to keep both hands on the wheel. But what if you need to navigate using your smartphone? Swiping your way through Google Maps while driving is just as much of a...

Video: Charging the Federal Government Up About Electric Vehicles

October 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department wants to encourage more people to use electric vehicles for their commutes. To do that, the agency has begun the Workplace Charging Challenge to further the adoption of the more environmentally friendly mode of transportation. The challenge aims to partner with 500 U.S. employers offering workplace charging...

Video: Inside DARPA's Space Surveillance Telescope

October 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA isn't the only agency keeping an eye on outer space. While NASA's Hubble telescope is focused on studying distant galaxies, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Space Surveillance Telescope is more concerned with objects in our own neighborhood. As more and more satellites are launched by public and private...

Video: Meet the Giant Robot That Builds Boeing’s Airplane Wings

October 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robots do all sorts of jobs for us these days, from vacuuming our floors to keeping us company. One giant robot, named Panel Assembly Line or PAL, sounds friendly, but its job is to construct wings for 737 airplanes. PAL sits at 20 feet tall inside a Boeing factory and...

Video: These Apps Will Help You Prepare for When Disaster Strikes

October 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With many are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, now is a good time to create a plan in the event of an emergency or a natural disaster. These apps can help you begin to get ready. The Red Cross has apps for every kind of disaster—after all,...

Video: Obama on How We'll Embrace Self-Driving Cars

October 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Self-driving vehicles may soon be on the cusp of widespread adoption. But what does President Barack Obama think of the potentially revolutionary technology? The president, filling the role of guest editor for Wired magazine, recently spoke on the future of artificial intelligence and the overall relationship between government and technology....

Video: Obama Discusses His Artificial Intelligence Fears

October 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama has taken on the position of guest editor for Wired magazine for the month of October. He sat down to discuss his views on the intersection of government and technology, the advent of artificial intelligence and its many applications and implications. So, is Obama concerned about a...

Video: Electric Fuel Cell Vehicles Join Energy Department Fleet

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department and National Park Service recently begun using electric fuel cell vehicles in their fleets. The cars, which are hydrogen-powered and only emit water vapor, were gifted by Toyota and Hyundai. This is the first time an EFCV will be used by any federal agency. Energy plans to...

Video: Obama on Fixing Government With Technology

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama, who has always been a tech-savvy politician, is taking on the role of Wired guest editor for the month. He recently sat down to discuss his view of the relationship between technology and government. Obama drew a distinction between the government adapting technology to do a better...

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