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Bob Brewin

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Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.

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The $75B Intelligence Budget

September 16, 2009 Talking to reporters yesterday about the new National Intelligence Strategy, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said the strategy would serve as a blueprint for a 200,000 person strong, $75 billion national intelligence enterprise. Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists pointed ...

The FOUO Debate

September 15, 2009 Some readers took exception to my posting last week of a high-level wiring diagram for the U.S. Cyber Command, which was labeled "For Official Use Only," a.k.a. FOUO. One reader said I should have put the welfare of the nation ahead of my own personal/business interests and not posted an ...

The VA's Fort Monmouth Outpost

September 14, 2009 In 2011 Fort Monmouth, N.J., will be history, with folks from the Army Communications-Electronic Command (CECOM) either moved to Fort Belvoir, Va., or the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. But CECOM contracting skills will live on in the new Veterans Affairs Department Technology Acquisition Center, located like Fort Monmouth in ...

U.S. Cyber Command - The Wiring Diagram

September 11, 2009 A benevolent reader sent along a a high level organizational diagram for the U.S. Cyber Command, which I am going to share with everyone out there in Whats-land. Click on image for full PowerPoint slide There are no real surprises in this very busy slide, but it does illustrate clearly ...

Panel questions VA outsourcing IT systems work to Navy

September 11, 2009 Top officials with the Veterans Affairs Department told a House panel on Thursday that they hired the Navy to develop computer systems last year because VA lacked the expertise. The veterans agency tapped the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center in Charleston, S.C., to develop systems because "unfortunately, systems ...

Army to buy e-mail system that could be expanded across Pentagon

September 11, 2009 The Army is interested in acquiring an e-mail system that eventually could serve the entire Defense Department, a top technology official said during a luncheon on Friday. The service plans to award a contract during the second quarter of fiscal 2010 for a pilot version of the system, Army Lt. ...

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From Nextgov.com: Army to buy e-mail system that could be expanded across Pentagon

September 11, 2009 The Army is interested in acquiring an e-mail system that eventually could serve the entire Defense Department, a top technology official said during a luncheon on Friday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

VA Kicks Off Innovation Competition

September 10, 2009 Last month, President Obama suggested the Veterans Affairs Department tap its employees for ideas on how to cut the claims backlog at the Veterans Benefit Administration. Today, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki kicked off the "Innovation Competition," open to VA employees on an internal Web site. Shinseki said "The men and ...

Cyber War Gets Its Own Museum Show

September 9, 2009 We still don't have a White House cyber czar and the Pentagon is still fine-tuning the details of the Cyber Command, but the International Spy Museum in Washington plans will launch a cyber war show dubbed Weapons of Mass Disruption next month. The show will be heavy on video interviews ...

The Federal Virtual World Challenge

September 8, 2009 The Army Research and Development Engineering Command is looking for more than a few good virtual worlds, and has kicked of a real world challenge to find the best for itself, the Homeland Security Department, NASA and other federal agencies. Tami Griffith, science and technology manager, at the Research and ...