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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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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....

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...

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