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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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9 Most Memorable Cyber Incidents of 2016

October 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Although 2015 featured some of the highest-profile hacks of note, 2016 so far has been remarkable when it comes to major cyberattacks and breaches. While not much could top the devastation of the Office of Personnel Management hack, in which 20 million Social Security numbers and 5 million fingerprints were...

Video: NASA Hosts Pumpkin-Carving Contest

October 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to know the best way to carve a pumpkin? Ask a NASA engineer. The space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory set its sight closer to Earth by hosting a pumpkin-carving contest. Contestants picked out their pumpkin the day before, allowing them a chance to measure and study their decorative gourd....

Video: Inside a Robotic Parking Garage

October 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Where do you park your self-driving car? In a self-parking garage, of course. This robot valet saves time and space, and prevents a few fender benders. Horizontal and vertical shuttles gently move vehicles into their parking spaces. There are two to three times as many parking spaces than in a...

Video: Uber's Next Project: Flying Cars

October 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Uber recently begun expanding its business into self-driving 18-wheelers. Next up for the Silicon Valley transportation company: flying cars. The startup is pitching a new division called Uber Elevate, and promises within 10 years a fleet of on-demand, semi-autonomous, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically. What will stand...

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,...

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