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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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Rethinking Video Conferencing

May 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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...

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...

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