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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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SO-A What

March 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow John Burrow, deputy commander of the Marine Corps Systems Command, may have put the brakes on the continued proliferation of the buzz phrase de jour: Service-Oriented Architecture, better known as SOA. Speaking at the Naval IT Day conference on March 4, Burrow told an audience packed with vendors to detail ...

Gauss to Run Navy NGEN Acquisition

March 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Retired Rear Adm. John Gauss, who commanded the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center from 1998 to 2001 and served as chief information officer of the Veterans Affairs Department from 2001 to 2003, will run the acquisition for the Navy's Next Generation Enterprise Network. Rear Adm. John Goodwin, assistant chief ...

Navy attempts massive consolidation of intranet portals

March 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Vienna, Va. -- The Navy plans to streamline its intranet portals from 59 to two by the end of 2009, said Rear Adm. David Simpson, director of Navy networks, during the Naval IT Day conference on Wednesday. Simpson said consolidating portals will help the Navy to join the Defense Knowledge ...

Whither the Navy?

March 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since today is Naval IT Day, it's a good idea to look at the overall state of the Navy. And, if you judge by the number of ships it has, the U.S. Navy is in quite sad shape, according to Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. ...

From Nextgov.com: Defense urged to develop warfighting systems quicker to keep up in cyberspace

March 4, 2009 The Defense Department must change the way it develops software systems to get programs and tools to "the corporal on the street" in a matter of days, rather than on the current multiyear cycle, Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a speech ...

Defense urged to develop software for warfighting systems quicker

March 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department must change the way it develops software systems to get programs and tools to "the corporal on the street" in a matter of days, rather than on the current multiyear cycle, Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a speech ...

That's Counterintelligence, No Spaces

March 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Evidently I have some real eagle-eyed readers in the intelligence community, because I received a note pointing out that I had a slight misspelling when referring to counter-intelligence in my continuing coverage of the thumb-drive ban. A Marine reader (I know because only Marines sign off "Semper Fidelis") pointed out ...

OK, Can't Treat Adults Like Adults

March 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In my last post I endorsed the intelligence community's approach to thumb drives - don't ban them but issue warnings about the risks, and then assume end users will take an adult approach to the judicious use of computer technology. Well, in a matter of hoots, I've swung the other ...

From Nextgov.com: Digital files on presidential helicopter found in Iran

March 2, 2009 Computer documents showing an upgrade for one of the Marine helicopters used by President Obama were discovered on a file server in Iran on Feb. 25. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Digital files on presidential helicopter found in Iran

March 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Computer documents showing an upgrade for one of the Marine helicopters used by President Obama were discovered on a file server in Iran on Feb. 25. Tiversa Inc., a Pennsylvania company that scans file-sharing networks for government and corporate clients, first discovered the plans for the VH-60N Marine One presidential ...