Technology

Inside the Army’s Fearless, Messy, Networked Warfare Experiment

Big steps reveal plenty about the bigger ones to come — including the need for battlefield coders.

The US Military’s Latest Wearables Can Detect Illness Two Days Before You Get Sick

Some 400 troops are testing the devices, trained on nearly a quarter million cases to detect COVID and a whole lot more.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Open Source Licensing Could Keep Big Pharma from Making Huge Profits off Taxpayer-Funded Research

Governments must embrace policies that promote sharing and collective invention to create and distribute a vaccine quickly.

Five Military Sites Chosen for Phase III Trial of COVID Vaccine Candidate

AstraZeneca is seeking 30,000 volunteers for the trial, which may lead to an effective vaccine by year’s end.

Pentagon, Defense Contractors Are Out Of Step On Tech Innovation, GAO Finds

The Pentagon wanted to fund ambitious research into future tech breakthroughs but contractors spend most of their money on safer bets, GAO has found.

GovExec Daily: Updating Legacy IT Systems at Agencies

Nextgov's Mila Jasper and Heather Kuldell join the podcast to discuss the progress of IT system upgrades.

GovExec Daily: Using Data for the Business of Government

Nick Hart of the Data Coalition  and Jesse Rauch of Active Navigation join the podcast to discuss data strategy in evidence-based policy, transparency and even the COVID-19 response.

US Missile Defenses Are About to Level Up

Laser-armed Strykers, new Eastern European batteries, and sea-based interceptors are all coming in the next two years, Pentagon officials say.

Video: Who Controls Pandemic Data?

A White House decision to take over collection of COVID-19 data from the CDC sparked worries over political interference. A public data expert talks about the importance of transparent public data.

NASA's Big Move to Search for Life on Mars – and to Bring Rocks Home

This summer, NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is taking the next giant leap in our search for signs of life beyond Earth.

GovExec Daily: The Present and Future of DevSecOps

Nextgov's Mariam Baksh joins the podcast to discuss how the Pentagon is moving forward with cybersecurity.

GovExec Daily: Making Government COVID-19 Data Easier to Use

USAFacts Poppy MacDonald and Aamir Rashid tell the podcast that they would like to see a time when their site is unnecessary because government has made its data more accessible.

Build Allies Into Tomorrow’s Battlefield Network, Army Leaders Say

The service is trying to build a communications network that’s big enough to include coalition partners but small enough to fit on a truck and drive off to war.

Peter Thiel’s New Man In The Defense Department

The new head of defense research and engineering comes from the White House with a relatively light resume.

Digital Contact Tracing’s Mixed Record Abroad Spells Trouble for U.S. Efforts to Rein in COVID-19

Effective national leadership and trust in government appear to be prerequisites for countries to achieve widespread digital contact tracing.

GovExec Daily: How Governments Can Use Contact Tracing in the Fight Against the Pandemic

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley joins the podcast to discuss why governments need to use technology to identify, isolate and track localized outbreaks.

The Army Team That Is Trying to See, and Shape, the Future

The team’s scientists are charting how advances in various fields will unlock more advances, out to 2050.