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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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Hewlett-Packard vaults into ranks of top federal contractors with EDS deal

May 13, 2008 Hewlett-Packard's $13.9 billion deal to acquire Electronic Data Systems announced Tuesday will put HP in a strong position in the federal information technology services market and possibly provide a platform to sell additional hardware to government customers, analysts said. The deal, expected to close within 120 days according to an...

Hewlett-Packard gets leg up with EDS acquisition

May 13, 2008 Hewlett-Packard's $13.9 billion deal to acquire Electronic Data Systems announced Tuesday will put HP in a strong position in the federal information technology services market and possibly provide a platform to sell additional hardware to government customers, analysts said. Comment on this article in The Forum.The deal, expected to close...

FBI partially blames procurement rules for fake IT products

May 12, 2008 The government's entrenched policies for buying information technology is a major primary cause for many agencies installing fake Cisco network gear into their networks, which leads to the possibility of systems failing or the loss of sensitive data, according to the FBI. Comment on this article in The Forum.The FBI,...

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From Nextgov.com: FBI partially blames procurement rules for fake IT products

May 12, 2008 The government's entrenched policies for buying information technology is a major primary cause for many agencies installing fake Cisco network gear into their networks, which leads to the possibility of systems failing or the loss of sensitive data, according to the FBI. Read the full story from Nextgov.com.

What's Brewin: The Amazing, Disappearing Navy Policy

May 9, 2008 On May 8, I wrote about the release of theNaval Networking Environment Strategy -- 2016. Among other things the document called for returning management and control of networks to the Navy rather than outsourcing nearly the whole shebang, as the department did when it awarded its $10 billion Navy Marine...

Navy changes course on IT outsourcing

May 8, 2008 The Navy, which had outsourced the management and defense of its most crucial network to industry, plans to bring that function back in-house, saying it now views such information technology functions as a "warfighting imperative," requiring the service's managers to supervise the systems. Comment on this article in The Forum.The...

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From NextGov.com: Navy changes course on IT outsourcing

May 8, 2008 The Navy, which had outsourced the management and defense of its most crucial network to industry, plans to bring that function back in-house, saying it now views such information technology functions as a "warfighting imperative," requiring the service's managers to supervise the systems. Read the full story from Nextgov.com.

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Suicides of Iraq veterans could top combat deaths

May 6, 2008 Suicides by veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could well top the combat deaths in the two conflicts, according to the top official of National Institute of Mental Health. On Monday, Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, told reporters at an annual meeting of...

Defense, intelligence could take major role in cyber defense

May 5, 2008 The Bush administration this week could release its ambitious plan to defend government networks from cyberattacks, but recent news reports and a February 2008 budget supplement indicates that the Defense Department and intelligence agencies could lead the effort. Comment on this article in The Forum.The National Coordination Office for Networking...

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VA official says veterans' suicides not reflection of agency negligence

May 5, 2008 Suicides among veterans of wars overseas occur "just like cancer occurs," and are not an indication of negligence by Veterans Affairs Department mental health care providers, a top VA official has argued in a lawsuit filed by two veterans groups. The official said he does not know how well VA...