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Bob Brewin

Editor at Large 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 Consumer's Guide to Intel Nets

May 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The public affairs folks over at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence were kind enough to send me a copy of a handbook that is distributed to intelligence professionals, which, among other things, highlights some top-secret networks that until now have been, well, top secret. Steven Aftergood, an ...

CIO Guthrie's Big Task

May 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Priscilla Guthrie started work this week as the intelligence community chief information officer. Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence, emphasized that one of her key tasks will be to "advance our information sharing goals." Her predecessor, Dale Meyerrose, now vice president and general manager for cyberspace solutions at Harris Corp., ...

Bio-Labs Cyber Threats Ignored?

May 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Laboratories that conduct research on dangerous biological agents such as anthrax have not paid much attention to the potential of cyber threats or cyber intrusions, the Defense Science Board said in a report released this week. The board visited the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute; Fort Detrick, Md.; the Walter ...

Defense Intelligence Agency launches IT services contract

May 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Intelligence Agency kicked off a procurement on Wednesday estimated to be worth $6.6 billion for information technology services for the intelligence community worldwide as well as other Defense Department and federal agencies. Barbara Austin, manager of research and analysis services at INPUT, a Reston, Va., market research firm, ...

Mega Cyber Brief Coming Soon

May 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's hard to figure out who's on first in the cybersecurity game, as the White House slogs its way through a 60-day cybersecurity review, the National Security Agency stands up a Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare and the Homeland Security Department jockeys to run the cyber mission outside ...

From Nextgov.com: Defense launches campaign and Web site to destigmatize traumatic stress

May 26, 2009 The Defense Department launched a multimedia campaign that includes a new Web site designed to reduce the stigma that combat veterans and their families say they feel when seeking mental health care. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Defense launches campaign and Web site to destigmatize traumatic stress

May 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department launched a multimedia campaign that includes a new Web site designed to reduce the stigma that combat veterans and their families say they feel when seeking mental health care. The effort includes the new Real Warriors Web site, which is hosted deliberately outside a military Internet domain ...

Memorial Day, Brasso, JPAC and Comrades

May 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Polishing the Brass Army Sgt. Caleb Barrieau plans to honor on Monday -- Memorial Day -- the 58,195 fallen troops whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial the same way he has every weekend for the past nine weeks - with a can of Brasso and a polishing rag. ...

Langston or Gilligan for Defense CIO

May 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I'm picking up hints that Dr. Marv Langston, appointed the Navy's first chief information officer in 1997 and John Gilligan, who served as Air Force CIO from 2000-2005, are candidates for the Defense Department CIO slot, vacant since John Grimes left the job last month. Langston, considered the father of ...

Senate directs Defense to track soldiers injured by explosions

May 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate directed the Defense Department on Thursday to track soldiers' injuries caused by bombs such as improvised explosive devices so it can identify those who may develop complications years after the attack, including psychological disorders. The Army's top doctor, Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, has repeatedly called injuries caused by ...