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 WisPolitics.com.

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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.

Daily News | June 10, 2022

Pentagon cyber chief David McKeown says military officials are focused on ensuring their systems that deal with sensitive data are held to standards "above and beyond" the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework that applies to defense contractors who handle controlled unclassified information.

The Insider | June 8, 2022

One year into the Pentagon's artificial intelligence and data accelerator initiative, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks says the effort is already "proving its worth."

The Insider | June 8, 2022

Leaders of the House Armed Services Committee's cyber panel touted their defense policy proposal's work to bolster biotechnology as they quickly advanced the measure today, setting it up for consideration before the full body of military authorizers later this month.

Daily News | June 8, 2022

Three days into his new job, after various roles leading industry machine learning divisions, the Pentagon's first permanent chief data and artificial intelligence officer is working to tackle his next challenge: "AI at scale with bureaucracy."

Daily News | June 8, 2022

The House Armed Services Committee will take the first steps today in considering cyber proposals for the fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill, including requiring a congressional briefing from Pentagon officials on their cyber certification program and Software Bill of Materials efforts.

The Insider | June 7, 2022

The Defense Department is seeking nearly $58 billion in information technology and cyberspace activities funding in fiscal year 2023 for investments in cloud, artificial intelligence, networks and other capabilities, a recently published breakdown of the request shows.

Daily News | June 7, 2022

Citing concern over the Pentagon's progress in implementing Joint All-Domain Command and Control, the House Armed Services Committee's cyber panel is calling on the Government Accountability Office to review officials' planned schedule and costs tied to building a military-wide internet of things.

Daily News | June 7, 2022

AT&T has completed the first live demonstration of its 5G network at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego, CA, as part of an effort to enable "smart" warehouse capabilities for the Navy, the company announced today.

The Insider | June 3, 2022

The Defense Department and National Spectrum Consortium are seeking feedback on ways to boost the commercialization of Open Radio Access Networks across the nation. 

Daily News | June 2, 2022

The Air Force is exploring possible uses for the forthcoming Next Generation Air Dominance fighters that involve leveraging collaborative combat aircraft outside of the program, a key official says, assigning those platform capabilities first to one formation and then another as command-and-control functions shift over the course of a given fight.

Daily News | June 2, 2022

The Pentagon's new chief digital and artificial intelligence officer has achieved full operating capability and fully folded a range of technology outfits under its purview, the Defense Department announced.

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