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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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Delayed launches of communications satellites threatens troops

May 21, 2009 New communication satellites needed to support U.S. forces deployed globally, including combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, continue to experience delays, top Defense Department and Government Accountability Office officials told lawmakers at a Senate hearing on May 20. Programs behind schedule include the Advanced Extremely High Frequency system, which Lockheed ...

Grimes Has Left the Building . . .

May 20, 2009 . . . and the Obama administration hasn't yet named a replacement for him as assistant secretary of Defense for networks and information integration - in other words, the chief information officer. My well-placed sources say they have no idea of a likely candidate, with the exception of retired Rear ...

. . . But Baker IS in the Building . . .

May 20, 2009 . . . after being sworn in today as the new assistant secretary for information and technology and chief information officer at the Veterans Affairs Department headquarters on Vermont Avenue. He will need to tackle a range of problems, including the outsourcing of numerous VA IT development projects to the ...

RFID Tracking the DIA Folks

May 19, 2009 Before employees who labor away in the Darth Vader building at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington get too excited, the Defense Intelligence Agency is looking to use Radio Frequency Identification chips to track its personnel -- in emergency situations ONLY, not every minute of their lives. DIA wants a ...

Seeking Athena-like Wisdom

May 19, 2009 The intelligence community's research outfit, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), wants to hear from companies that can do work on its Top Secret Athena program, which focuses on Computer Network Operations. Since Athena is classified Top Secret, it's hard to divine its goals, but a Google search yields ...

HERBB's Not Here

May 18, 2009 I've spent the past two work days attempting -- to no avail -- to access documents on an upcoming procurement on the Hanscom [Mass.] Air Force Base Electronic Request for Proposals Bulletin Board, known as HERBB, which the Air Force Electronic Systems Center operates. Repeated attempts to access HERBB produced ...

Rethinking Video Conferencing

May 18, 2009 A couple of years ago, the Defense Information Systems Agency cranked up a procurement for the operation and maintenance of its video conferencing hubs scattered nationwide. The sites were essentially television studios for generals and other top Defense Department officials, but today, practically everyone has a TV studio attached to ...

San Antonio Wins Cyber Sweepstakes

May 15, 2009 The Air Force has selected Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio as the preferred headquarters for its cyber command, the 24th Air Force, pending an environmental review. The decision really puzzles me. Lackland received the nod ahead of five other potential bases that were vying for the new cyber ...

Sailors Love NMCI; Marines Not So Much

May 14, 2009 Sailors just love the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, according to the latest quarterly survey conducted by the Navy Department and contract-holder EDS, although overall Marine satisfaction dipped 2 percentage points in the quarter ended March 31. EDS, owned by Hewlett-Packard, said in an internal brief that for the first time ...

Defense declares war on spam in bid to protect networks

May 14, 2009 NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander said 65-70 percent of the emails sent each day are spam.Jeff Chiu/AP The Defense Information Systems Agency asked technology companies on Wednesday for ideas on how to build an e-mail defense system on the perimeter of its networks that can scan 50 million ...