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Jack Corrigan

Staff Correspondent Jack Corrigan covers emerging government technology and IT policy. He joined Nextgov as an editorial fellow in the summer of 2017 and previously wrote for publications around his hometown of Chicago. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
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The Pentagon Wants to Bring Mind-Controlled Tech To Troops

10:30 AM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow The idea of humans controlling machines with their minds has spun off sci-fi blockbusters like “Pacific Rim” and entire subgenres of foreign film, but while today skyscraper-sized fighting robots exist only on the big screen, the Pentagon is building technology that could one day make them a reality. Today, the...

More Money for Cyber Spies, Outrage after Indictments and Supply Chain Cyber is Super Hot

July 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Intelligence Authorization Act passed Thursday by the House would allow agencies to offer higher salaries for high-skilled cybersecurity employees among numerous other tech and cyber provisions. In addition to funding the Intelligence Community through the 2019 fiscal year, the legislation would also increase oversight on IT projects, and require...

U.S. Needs a National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, Lawmakers and Experts Say

July 14, 2018 Policymakers and technology experts said without a broad national strategy for driving artificial intelligence forward, the U.S. risks letting global competitors direct the growth of the budding industry. The Trump administration has taken a largely hands-off approach in regards to AI, arguing it’s still too early for the government to...

Pentagon Seeks an Edge in Quantum Computing

July 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon’s moonshot research office is calling on the tech community to help gauge the promises and limitations of quantum computing in the years ahead. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Thursday asked technology experts from industry and academia to weigh in on the impacts quantum computing could have...

Pentagon Sets Big Goals for Its New AI Center

July 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department expects its new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center to speed up the adoption of AI tools across the military enterprise and draw a wave of talented technologists to the Pentagon. At a Defense Innovation Board public meeting on Wednesday, the department also asked the advisory group to help...

VA Creates Special Office to Direct $16B Health Record Overhaul

July 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department on Thursday announced it established a special office to make sure the agency’s multibillion electronic health record digitization effort stays on track. The Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization, which launched last month, is responsible for managing the preparation, rollout and upkeep of the new medical...

GSA Adds Login.gov to Sweeping Bug Bounty Program

July 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration is inviting ethical hackers to break into the sign-on portal for citizens applying for government jobs and accessing federal programs. The agency on Wednesday added Login.gov to its sweeping public bug bounty program, offering anyone who discovers a security gap within the site potentially thousands of...

U.S. Needs a National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, Lawmakers and Experts Say

July 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Policymakers and technology experts said without a broad national strategy for driving artificial intelligence forward, the U.S. risks letting global competitors direct the growth of the budding industry. The Trump administration has taken a largely hands-off approach in regards to AI, arguing it’s still too early for the government to...

DHS Awards $1.5M for Algorithms to Accelerate Airport Security

July 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department awarded $1.5 million to the top eight finishers in a competition to design machine-learning algorithms that get people through airport security faster than ever. Participants worked to build an application that detects contraband on air travelers more quickly and accurately than existing security scanners. The contest,...

White House Official: Bet on U.S. to Win the AI War

July 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top White House technology leader is convinced the U.S. will win the race for global dominance in artificial intelligence despite competitors like China pouring more resources into fleshing out the technology. “I’m always going to bet on the American innovation ecosystem,” said U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios....