Briana Reilly

Briana Reilly is a Pentagon emerging tech reporter, who previously covered the Air Force for Inside Defense after joining the publication in June 2021. Before that, she spent five years covering state politics and government in Wisconsin for The Capital Times and

Archived Articles
The Insider | July 5, 2022

Defense industrial leaders are calling on lawmakers to use legislation aiming to bolster microelectronics production as a vehicle for delaying a research and development tax change that executives say "will stifle American manufacturing and innovation investment."

Daily News | July 5, 2022

Defense Department officials are gauging the potential for leveraging two engine makers' adaptive propulsion system offerings into a "tri-variant" solution that would be viable across the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet.

Daily News | June 29, 2022

Top officials within the Pentagon's newly stood up artificial intelligence outfit want to see the capability discussed not just as a technology but as a "solution to a mission problem" -- a framing they hope would allow experts to be part of early development talks and ensure late-stage requests to "sprinkle some AI on" a given program are minimized.

The Insider | June 28, 2022

The Defense Department inspector general is launching an evaluation to gauge the extent to which the Pentagon coordinated with "European partners in support of Ukraine."

Daily News | June 27, 2022

The House Armed Services Committee wants to see the military step up its efforts to more widely leverage artificial intelligence and autonomy capabilities, including adding the technology to legacy systems, according to an amendment to the panel’s recently approved fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill.

Daily News | June 23, 2022

A new immersive commercial acquisition program from the Defense Innovation Unit seeks to reduce barriers to transitioning new technologies from nontraditional vendors to military components by teaching service contracting professionals about the process.

Daily News | June 23, 2022

The Defense Department has released its framework for advancing responsible artificial intelligence throughout the military, outlining a series of action items surrounding implementing test and evaluation requirements for the technology, establishing acquisition tools for related capabilities and bolstering staffing levels to ensure appropriate oversight.

Daily News | June 22, 2022

The leader of the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit hopes that a recently created "hedge strategy" he helped craft in coordination with the Office of Naval Research will pack "surprise" into DOD's development of large weapons platforms.

Daily News | June 22, 2022

House authorizers want to see the Pentagon move more quickly in deploying 5G infrastructure across its military bases, with lawmakers signing off on amended language today that would require the defense secretary to set a target date for rolling out the wireless broadband infrastructure at all DOD installations.

Daily News | June 21, 2022

House appropriators want the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation office to complete its own review of the future propulsion systems officials are considering for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet, as the joint program office wraps up a separate analysis of engine modernization options.

Daily News | June 17, 2022

The F-35 program is poised to reach its long-delayed, full-rate production decision by March 2024 under an updated acquisition program baseline that recently won approval, a Pentagon spokeswoman told Inside Defense.

Daily News | June 17, 2022

As the Defense Department reviews its bedrock autonomous weapon systems directive, the Pentagon's first emerging capabilities policy director says officials have identified two starting points within their broader effort to ensure the language is "as clear as possible" regarding U.S. policy in this realm.

Daily News | June 16, 2022

Senate authorizers are recommending directing another $56 million to U.S. Cyber Command for the development of its integrated cyberspace landscape in the fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill, but lawmakers also want to stand up a new office to bolster oversight of the architecture.

Daily News | June 16, 2022

The Government Accountability Office has denied a protest from General Dynamics Information Technology targeting an $11.5 billion contract awarded to Leidos to unify the Pentagon's Fourth Estate IT environments, ending what amounted to a holding pattern for the Defense Enclave Services effort.

Daily News | June 15, 2022

House authorizers want to nearly double the Defense Innovation Unit's fiscal year 2023 budget and fund an experimental avenue for bringing commercial technology into the military, in the weeks after some lawmakers publicly questioned top Pentagon officials' commitment to the organization.

Daily News | June 15, 2022

Pentagon officials are hoping to see lawmakers advance legislation aiming to direct money toward microelectronics production, a measure the Defense Department's No. 2 official called "the most important thing that can be done right now" to address semiconductor supply issues.

Daily News | June 14, 2022

The maker of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's engines is on track to green light the last of the remaining sources needed to fully replace the propulsion parts that Turkey had supplied prior to that country's removal from the program.

The Insider | June 13, 2022

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking to explore the potential of turning existing tankers into so-called "airborne energy wells" that can use laser beams to send power to drones.

The Insider | June 13, 2022

The Pentagon's deputy defense secretary said officials haven't yet seen a "substantial amount of inflation effect" on the military's budget, though she expects "those buying power concerns" will be visible down the line.

Daily News | June 13, 2022

The Defense Innovation Unit, known for being the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outreach team, could be headed for a crossroads as it is poised to lose its longest-serving leader at a time when some in Congress -- critical of top military officials' commitment to the highly visible but small-budget organization -- are rallying to boost investment in the outfit.

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