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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Self-Driving: A Year in Review

December 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 2016 brought several advancements in self-driving technology. While most cars on the road are still driven by human beings, more and more vehicles are going autonomous. For example, Google's fleet of self-driving cars hit 2 million miles on the road. Another automaker, Tesla, released a software update that overnight turned...

Video: How to Recycle and Sell Your Old Tech

December 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Got a new smartphone or tablet for Christmas? Time to make way for all the new gadgets in your life, by recycling or selling your old tech. Big box retailers like Best Buy, Staples and GameStop offer in-store recycling, while the Apple store has robots specifically designed for recycling smartphones...

Video: Parsing Cyber in the Trump White House

December 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three dozen landing team members were named by President-elect Donald Trump and will aid the political appointees of the next administration. Nextgov's Joseph Marks discussed the cybersecurity talent joining these teams and what they will do to aid the transition. In particular, two officials have given the national security community...

Video: Actors of 'Passengers' Quiz NASA Scientist

December 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the most part, movie stars get asked many questions. But recently, the tables were turned, and the stars of the new science fiction film "Passengers" were allowed to ask a NASA scientist the most far-out questions about space travel. Actors Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Sheen pondered the possibilities of...

Video: Hyundai is Bringing Exo-Skeletons to the Masses

December 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The idea of an Iron Man-like power suit is one of popular imagination, but Hyundai hopes to bring a more practical version to reality. Commonly known as a car manufacturer, Hyundai is expanding the notion of mobility with its H-Mex suits. The company is currently in a testing phase and...

Video: Tour a Wind Turbine With the Energy Department

December 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department's investment in wind-energy technology is certainly eye catching. At the agency's National Wind Technology Center, turbines soar nearly 300 feet into the air. While that height is great for turning wind into power, it's a challenge for wind-turbine technicians. Climbing ladders hundreds of feet tall is both...

Video: These Gadgets Could Help During An Emergency

December 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Winter is upon us, and some parts of the country have already seen snowstorms. Thankfully, there are some new gadgets that can help people prepare for blizzards, or any other emergency situation. The Ampware iPhone case has a hand crank on the back that generates power to keep your phone...

Video: Have You Been Hacked? Here Are the Signs

December 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week, news broke that over 1 billion Yahoo accounts were involved in the largest known data breach in history. If you have a Yahoo account from before 2013, it's very likely your personal information is a part of this compromise, and at risk. Yahoo has sent an email to...

Video: NASA Harvests Another Round of Veggies

December 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's harvest season again aboard the International Space Station. The Vegetable Production System, a piece of deployable hardware that can grow certain crops in harsh conditions, has provided some more red romaine lettuce for the astronauts aboard the ISS. The experiment has many benefits. The astronauts get access to fresh...

Video: This Tech Could Turn Your Car Into a Spy

December 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Self-driving cars aren't the only technology Ford is working on. The automaker recently filed a patent for a technology that would crowdsource vehicle identification. The system would be included in a Ford vehicle and could obtain an image of another vehicle's plates and identify the characters on it. That tag...

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