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Brandi Vincent

Defense Technology Correspondent

Brandi Vincent
Brandi Vincent reports on national security technologies and policies, and produces the Critical Update podcast. Before joining Nextgov, she produced a long-form documentary and helped create news content at Snapchat and NBC Network. Brandi was named a 2021 Paul Miller Washington Fellow by the National Press Foundation and was awarded SIIA’s 2020 Jesse H. Neal Award for Best News Coverage. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.
State & Local

Lawmakers move to ‘crack down’ on dark web-based opioid trafficking

With cities and rural areas reeling from the opioid crisis, lawmakers are coordinating federal, state and local efforts to shut down darknet-based marketplaces.

Emerging Tech

IARPA project aims to identify people from drones by more than just their face

The program looks to develop a biometric system capable of accurate and reliable recognition and identification of persons from up to 1,000 meters away.

Emerging Tech

IARPA seeks ways to track nontrackable space junk

Right now, more than 100 million pieces of space debris smaller than 1 cm orbit Earth.

Emerging Tech

AI could match 'fingerprints' of texts to their authors, under new intelligence program

Nextgov was pre-briefed by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity on a soon-to-be-released, broad agency announcement that might one day help combat disinformation campaigns and human trafficking.

Public Safety

New app tracks terrorism-linked events in local U.S. communities

It marks an enhancement of the information-sharing capabilities the National Counterterrorism Center offered before.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Air Force commits millions to demonstrate ‘space internet’

Constellations of spacecraft spanning different orbits would be explored to provide connectivity.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD opens two fresh facilities to field next-gen supercomputers

Officials can access new office space, conference rooms—and high-performance capabilities—in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Emerging Tech

5G is ‘going live’ at Tyndall Air Force Base

Verizon’s next-gen communications capabilities will enable emerging technologies—and enhanced streaming for personnel.

Emerging Tech

Air Force commits millions for wearables to counteract troops’ exhaustion

Human monitoring devices could support military staff who work in extreme conditions.

Emerging Tech

Air Force Improvises With 3D Printing to Overcome Supply Chain Challenge

A senior airman’s creative idea resulted in money saved and capabilities improved at Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

Emerging Tech

Army to Deploy Virtual Reality Capabilities to Combat Sexual Assault

Lessons on regulatory guidance and more will be provided through the potential new training.