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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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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 ...

Huh? Air Force Blocks Pentagon Channel

September 4, 2009 The Air Force -- and let's make it really clear, we're talking here about the U.S. Air Force headquartered in the Pentagon -- has blocked computer access to the Pentagon Channel, the Defense Department's 24/7 news channel designed to provide personnel with "more timely access to military information and news." ...

Cyber Command eyeing new DISA headquarters for its base

September 4, 2009 The U.S. Cyber Command has its eyes on the new Defense Information Systems Agency building at Fort Meade, Md., as the site to locate its headquarters, according to industry and Defense Department sources. The speculation was reinforced by a PowerPoint slide presentation, obtained by Nextgov, that Rear Adm. Thomas Kendziorski, ...

Oops, There Goes Yet Another Laptop

September 3, 2009 I think I could write a monthly feature on lost or stolen government laptops. The Naval Hospital Pensacola in Florida reported the latest stray on Tuesday. The hospital said the laptop went missing from its pharmacy department and contained a database of names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth ...

Navy to form directorate to manage info, cyber and space capabilities

September 3, 2009 The Navy plans to form a directorate next year that would oversee its information, cyber and space capabilities, a top naval officer wrote in a paper released on Wednesday. Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, wrote in his annual guidance paper for the service that a three-star admiral would ...

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From Nextgov.com: Navy to form directorate to manage info, cyber and space capabilities

September 3, 2009 The Navy plans to form a directorate next year that would oversee its information, cyber and space capabilities, a top naval officer wrote in a paper released on Wednesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

House Hearing on VA-SPAWAR Deal

September 2, 2009 The House Veterans Affairs Committee's Economic Opportunity Subcommittee has just shoehorned into its schedule next week a hearing on the interagency agreement that the Veterans Affairs Department put together with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. VA's inspector general charged in June that the VA IT shop "relinquished oversight" ...

Varied questions drawn from troops in virtual town hall meetings

September 2, 2009 President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen launched Internet meetings last month to field questions from troops and the public. Their responses differed in numbers, tone and tenor, ranging from the thoughtful to the profane. Obama and Gates kicked off ...