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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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From Nextgov.com: Defense declares war on spam in bid to protect networks

May 14, 2009 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 inbound messages a day to catch spam, viruses and cyberattacks. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

The Good News and Bad News

May 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow First, the good news. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee today unanimously approved the nomination of Roger Baker as assistant secretary for information and technology and chief information officer at the Veterans Affairs Department. Now the bad news for Baker, who held a CIO gig at the Commerce Department in the ...

Navy awards nearly $500 million in task orders without competition

May 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy awarded nearly $500 million in engineering contracts without adequate competition, and the service did not ensure that the majority of the pacts met performance-based and quality assurance standards, according to a report released by the Defense Department's inspector general on Monday. The report also concluded that while the ...

From Nextgov.com: Navy awards nearly $500 million in task orders without competition

May 13, 2009 The Navy awarded nearly $500 million in engineering contracts without adequate competition, and the service did not ensure that the majority of the pacts met performance-based and quality assurance standards, according to a report released by the Defense Department's inspector general on Monday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Cyber Commander New A.F. CIO

May 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force said President Obama will nominate Maj. Gen. William T. Lord for promotion to a three-star rank and a new assignment as the service's chief information officer and chief of warfighting integration. Lord, who is currently commander of the Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional) at Barksdale Air Force ...

Opposition to Obama's call to cancel navigational system growing

May 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress and the geospatial industry are voicing opposition to President Obama's proposal to kill a decades-old navigational system that could serve as a backup to the popular and prevalent GPS. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, planned to question Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano about the administration's plan to cancel the ...

Hot GPS Meeting This Week

May 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger will chair a meeting of the National Space Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Committee Advisory Board at the Chevy Chase Pavilion Hotel in Washington on May 14 and 15. I have a feeling it will be a hot one. Last week, the Government ...

Debate heats up over cancellation of GPS backup system

May 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The same day the that the Obama administration confirmed it planned to cancel a GPS backup system, the Government Accountability Office issued a report warning that delays in launching new satellites could imperil the performance of the navigational system. In his budget issued on May 7, President Obama recommended killing ...

The AHLTA Definition Contest

May 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As dedicated What's fans know, AHLTA, the Defense Department's electronic health record system, used to be known as an acronym standing for the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application. But, as Pecksniffian readers pointed out to me in February, an Oct. 11, 2006, internal memo on the Military Health System ...

Familiar Faces On Baker's Bench

May 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the nomination of Roger Baker as chief information officer of the Veterans Affairs Department on May 6, committee chairman Daniel Akaka, D-HI, asked Baker to introduce any of his friends in the audience. Baker introduced individuals who may not be household names ...