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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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Mullen says Defense thumb-drive ban to remain in effect for now

February 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said last week the Defense Department's ban on thumb drives will not be lifted anytime soon. Adm. Mike Mullen, speaking to enlisted personnel of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., said the Defense ban on thumb drives and other removable ...

Forget the Exquisite Satellites

February 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's the message from the thinking man's Marine, General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who told a U.S. Chamber of Commerce confab in Washington yesterday that the Defense Department may lose its edge in space because of a policy that has led to slow development ...

Tallying Inaugural Cell Phone Traffic

February 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The best technologies are ones that work in the background and don't have to think about making them work. That approach applies to the National Communications System and its wired and wireless emergency communications systems, which withstood the test of Inauguration Day. Unofficial estimates put the crowd size on Jan. ...

Two Stars for Navy Networkers

February 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy has nominated Rear Adm. (lower half) Charles E. Smith for promotion to Rear Admiral (upper half) and promoted Rear Adm. Janice Hamby for the same boost in rank. Smith currently serves as a program executive officer for Navy Enterprise Information Systems and Hamby serves as director for Command ...

Digital Photo Frames: National Security Risk

February 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The headquarters of at least one Combatant Command - which I will leave unnamed - has expanded the Defense Department ban on storage devices that use flash media to include digital photo frames, which are just like regular picture frames except they display a digital, not paper, photo, a reader ...

Obama's Transparency Lost on Defense

February 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I had great hopes that President Obama's memo on transparency and openness in government, as well as the new Freedom of Information Act memo would at last help me pry out the hidden details on the billions of dollars on task order contracts let by all three services, the Defense ...

Yuppie-izing the Marine Corps

February 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It looks like my Marine Corps has gone yuppie. The Corps plans to issue every Marine a set of running suits better suited for K-Street lobbyists than "The Few, The Proud, The Brave," based on this Pentagon Channel clip I just watched. Back in the old Corps (1963-1967) when we ...

More on Thumb Drives

February 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lisa Schlosser, who runs the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Information Collection, who also serves as a reservist with the Amy's 1st Information Operations outfit, told me that she believes thumb drives serve a real function in easily transporting data from point "A" to point "B." Stick a drive on ...

Two Top VA Slots Filled

February 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama has nominated W. Scott Gould, currently vice president for public sector strategy at IBM Global Business Services, as the next deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs. VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said that Gould, a naval reservist called to active duty in support of operations in Afghanistan, "possesses a ...

Florida Guard's Ice Storm Expertise

February 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At first it may seem bizarre why the state of Kentucky would ask National Guard units based in the Sunshine State of Florida for help in dealing with the aftermath of last week's ice storm, described by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear as the worst natural disaster in that state's history. ...