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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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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. ...

Cyber Czars, Thumb Drives and Marines

February 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I recently had a chat with Dale Meyerrose, former chief information officer for the Director of National Intelligence, and since last month the vice president and general manager of Cyber and Information Assurance for Harris Corp. I want to pass on some of his insights on cyber czars and how ...

National Labs Moving to DOD?

February 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is studying shifting control of the national laboratories operated by the Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration to the Defense Department, the Albuquerque Journal reported on Wednesday in a copyrighted story by John Fleck. The Journal story said the paper had obtained an internal Office of Management ...

National Labs Moving to DOD?

February 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is studying shifting control of the national laboratories operated by the Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration to the Defense Department, the Albuquerque Journal reported on Wednesday in a copyrighted story by John Fleck. The Journal story said the paper had obtained an internal Office of Management ...

Mobile Armor for the Navy

February 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's not the kind you wear. It's the kind you put on your computer to protect data at rest from bad guys. The Navy chief information officer shop, headed by Rob Carey, tapped MTM Technologies on Feb. 3 to provide it with its "Mobile Armor" software for all computer gadgets ...

Services to Share the Cyber Thing

February 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's the bottom line on cyberspace from the Quadrennial Roles and Missions Review Report signed by the secretary of Defense last week. And it seems to put an end to Air Force hopes of running the cyber show. The QDR report said Defense has "determined that it is appropriate for ...

SSA Tech That Works (Fast)

February 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I turn 65 on Feb. 8 (e-cards welcome), and with some dread I went to the local Social Security Administration office here in the Original Las Vegas (as in New Mexico) to fill out my application for Medicare hospital benefits. Thanks to some really good SSA technology and the able ...

Energy agency awards supercomputer contract to IBM

February 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Nuclear Security Administration awarded a contract to IBM on Tuesday to procure the world's most powerful supercomputer. NNSA said the new IBM Sequoia supercomputer, 10 times more powerful than any in existence, has more processing juice than any of the current top 500 supercomputers. As part of the ...

Webs, blogs for DISA Buys?

February 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, Lisa Schlosser, director of the Office of Information Collection at the Environmental Protection Agency, told me that she thought blogs and wikis would be a good way to increase participation in the regulatory process, meeting President Obama's call for the use of technology to boost openness in government. ...

Pollett: Field Commanders First

February 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Army Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency since last month, did not make the Jan. 30 AFCEA Washington gabfest, but Tony Montemarano, the agency's component acquisition executive, telegraphed Pollett's priorities. Pollett, Montemarano said, has made "getting capabilities to operational commanders in the field" his ...