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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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Whats Brewin: Theres Simple, Then Theres Complex

November 5, 2007 Love, via Video, from Alaska In 2006, Celine Johnson, chief of the Local Network Operations and Security Center of the 507th Signal Company, which is part of the 59th Signal Battalion at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, wanted to find a way to electronically bridge the gap between families on the base ...

What’s Brewin: Try Living Without GPS

October 29, 2007 From Missile Guidance to Teen Tracking Along with the Internet, I consider the Global Positioning Satellite system the greatest Defense Department invention of the past three decades. Among other things, it answers (with great accuracy) that old '60s question, "Where you at, man?" Developed by Defense to provide pinpoint navigation ...

Web Headlines

October 25, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following is a sampling of information technology articles that news outlets recently posted. Pandemic Test Paints Dire Scenario ComputerWorld If a pandemic strikes the United States, it would kill about 1.7 million people, hospitalize 9 million, exhaust antiviral medications and reduce basic food supplies, according to a planning scenario developed ...

Look Who's at Spectrum Confab

October 25, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The World Radio Conference -- the quadrennial international meeting of 190 nations to slice and dice increasingly valuable and scarce radio spectrum -- kicked off Oct. 22. And the Defense Department is interested. How interested? Both John Grimes, assistant secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration, and Air Force ...

Cyber Wars

October 24, 2007 September seemed to mark a serious escalation in global cyber warfare. Media reports detailed what appeared to be Chinese attacks against Pentagon networks and government computer systems in Germany, France and the United Kingdom -- putting Defense Department officials on the offensive. It began in early September when Financial Times ...

Defense assists military members, civilians displaced by wildfires

October 24, 2007 The Defense Department has opened up bases and facilities to temporarily house military families forced out of their homes by the California wildfires and provide care for evacuees from the civilian population. More than 225,000 Navy and Marine military and civilian personnel live in San Diego County and many of ...

Army tests satellite communications in wildfire response

October 24, 2007 Using new high-tech emergency response vehicles for the first time, Air Force Gen. Victor Renuart, commander of the Pentagon's Northern Command, conducted a secure video conference Wednesday morning with Army officers who are coordinating the Defense Department's response to the California wildfires. Army North, the Army component of Northcom, last ...

Military services offer equipment to fight California fires

October 23, 2007 The Navy and Marine Corps are contributing equipment to fight wildfires that continue to blaze in Southern California, as residents at some bases in the region prepare to evacuate. Navy and Marine units have supplied assets including fire trucks and helicopters to help fight the fires, which had burned nearly ...

What’s Brewin: No More Excuses

October 22, 2007 No Deadline? No Expectation Retired Army Lt. Gen Terry Scott, chairman of the Veteran's Disability Benefits Commission described in testimony before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee this week a bit of peculiar bureaucratic logic that, in his opinion, seems to impede development of compatible electronic health record systems for the ...

Defense lauds exceptional technology work

October 22, 2007 A unit that upgraded a program that halved network intrusions and an information systems flight commander who oversaw the development of a communications gateway to support military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are first-place winners in this year's Defense CIO awards. The Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations won the first-place ...