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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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Boeing Selects SBInet Sensor Vendor

October 19, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow McQ Inc. said Boeing has selected it to provide a family of unattended sensors for the Homeland Security Department’s electronic border fence project, called the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet). McQ has a basic ordering agreement to provide unattended acoustic, magnetic and infrared sensors, according to contract information posted on ...

NSA Data Faster Than a Physics Digit

October 18, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Northrop Grumman recently won a National Security Agency information management and data services contract, which will allow the agency to ingest data at a speed faster than any other entity that the company knows on the planet. Kevin Henderson, chief systems engineer for the information management and data services project, ...

GPS experts suggest new approach for high-tech satellites

October 18, 2007 The Air Force should drop its "Battleship Galactica" approach in developing high-tech satellites for the next-generation Global Positioning System and instead focus on building more affordable satellites, two leading GPS experts told a Defense Department advisory board this month. In a presentation to the National Space Based Positioning, Timing and ...

DISA Desktop Security Made Simple -- in 144 pages

October 17, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency periodically releases security guides for networks and devices connected to its networks, but the latest version of its Desktop Application Security Checklist would boggle the average end-user’s mind with its complexity. Take for example, the guide’s instructions on how to check for file and directory ...

We Have Met the Enemy ...

October 17, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. and coalition forces are the single largest source of jamming of Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers in Iraq, according to a co-inventor of the system. As much as 85 percent of the jamming of GPS receivers in Iraq was caused by U.S. and coalition forces, according to GPS co-inventor ...

What’s Brewin: Let the Spectrum Games Begin

October 15, 2007 700 Megahertz: How Sweet It Is On Oct. 22, 190 nations will gather in Geneva for the quadrennial World Radiocommunication Conference, which allocates global radio frequency spectrum. Richard Russell, the U.S. ambassador to the conference, describes it as the Spectrum Olympics. Russell, associate director for technology in the White House ...

Visit DHS Privacy Web Site -- Please

October 11, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That’s just one of the messages delivered yesterday by Hugo Teufel III, chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security, at a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) conference in Washington. Teufel said the privacy Web site, shows the agency is as serious about protecting privacy as it is about protecting ...

August VA systems outage crippled western hospitals, clinics

October 5, 2007 A day-long system outage at a new Veterans Affairs Department data processing center in northern California on Aug. 31 crippled critical information systems used to manage patient care at VA hospitals and clinics scattered across more than a third of the world, according to details from an internal VA after-action ...

Cyber Wars

October 1, 2007 As attackers hack government computer networks across the globe, the Pentagon seeks the best defense. 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 ...

Wireless broadband systems could be vulnerable to attack

September 20, 2007 Wireless broadband systems planned for global use that use the popular WiMax standard can, "despite good intentions," be jammed, hacked and spoofed, according to a paper published last month by a United Kingdom group of government intelligence experts. The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure warned in a paper ...