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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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Conferees slash $1.4 billion from Army tactical radio funding

December 11, 2007 The final version of the fiscal 2008 Defense authorization bill slashed Army funds for purchase of its standard tactical radio system by $1.4 billion and directed the service to develop a modernization plan. The Army had requested a total of $2.3 billon for Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System ...

DHS accepts delivery of electronic fence, with caveats

December 10, 2007 Amid a strong warning from Congress, the Homeland Security Department last week conditionally accepted delivery of the first phase of a controversial electronic border fence from contractor Boeing Co., and awarded the company a $64 million contract to build the next phase. At a press conference held Dec. 7, DHS ...

Army Cancels Conference -- Again

December 7, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army has canceled for the third consecutive year the Army Small Computer Program (ASCP), its annual information technology conference. The ASCP was scheduled to take place next March in Phoenix. Instead, ASCP said in a note to vendors it will hold its conference in conjunction with the LandWarNet Conference ...

Lawmaker calls on DHS to prove electronic border fence works

December 6, 2007 The chairman of the House committee overseeing the Homeland Security Department today called on the department to not pay a contractor for the first phase of work on the electronic border fence until it can prove it works as promised. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, ...

McCoy Retires as DISA acquisition executive

December 5, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Diann McCoy, who has served as the Defense Information Systems Agency’s component acquisition executive since 2002, plans to retire Jan. 3, 2008. The component acquisition executive develops and provides acquisition policies, processes, procedures, tools and lifecycle oversight for the agency. Tony Montemarano, the agency’s director of information assurance and network ...

The Do-It-Yourself SBInet

December 5, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group called Techno Patriots in Southern Arizona has set up its own version of the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Border Initiative Network, called SBInet, replete with wireless cameras. The group says its do-it-yourself version has a better response time than the problem plagued Boeing-built DHS system, according to ...

Gotta Go in London? Try SatLav

December 4, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The City of Westminster â€" the London Borough which encompasses the West End Theater District and government buildings such as Parliament â€" launched last week what it described as the first service in the United Kingdom to help people find their nearest public loo using mobile phone location technology. SatLav ...

U.S., British officials target Chinese as source of cyberattacks

December 4, 2007 High-ranking officials in the United Kingdom and the United States have for the first time publicly identified the Chinese government as the source of cyberattacks, warning that China has penetrated both government and business networks with potentially disastrous consequences. Jonathan Evans, director-general of MI5, the U.K.'s counterintelligence and security service, ...

Vetting Veterans

December 1, 2007 Advocacy groups fear that disability changes could skew compensation for service-related injuries. Sweeping veterans disability reforms proposed by President Bush would create a dual compensation system that would be an administrative nightmare for the Veterans Affairs Department and could shortchange certain wounded service members, critics say. "We need to focus ...

Defense board sounds louder alarm about foreign software development

November 30, 2007 Software developed in foreign countries and used by the Defense Department and other agencies puts federal information systems at serious risk of being hacked and compromised, according to a recent report issued by Defense's top advisory board. The report, released last month by a Defense Science Board task force, warns ...