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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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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 ...

Defense IG: We're Our Worst Enemy

September 17, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department inspector general released a report last week that shows despite releasing over the past year a grand total of 36 investigations and reports on Defense’s managerial shortcomings in information assurance weaknesses, Defense still has real problems with information security basics. Investigations conducted between Aug. 1, 2006, and ...

What's Brewin': Beware of Zombies

September 17, 2007 Attack of the Chinese Zombies The wave of cyberprobes or cyberattacks against Pentagon networks and government computer systems in France, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom this summer appears to emanate from China, but no one in authority in the Defense Department or any of the other countries that ...

The Hidden GPS III Speed Bump

September 12, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center has hit another speed bump in the development of the next-generation Global Positioning System satellites. But to find out, you need to start the day reading, and then deciphering, obscure contract notices on the GSA’s Federal Business Opportunities Web site. ...

White House shifting to Internet-based communications

September 12, 2007 The White House appears ready to join businesses large and small in shifting its communications, including its phone calls, to an Internet-based system, according to a contract notice issued Tuesday by the procurement arm of the Defense Information Systems Agency. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization said it intends to ...

The Fully Loaded MRAP II

September 11, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You typically don’t associate the Space and Naval Warfare System Command with armored vehicles, but it turns out the command’s Space and Naval Systems Center in Charleston, S.C., plays a key role (page 46) in the final assembly of vehicles designed to protect troops in Iraq against Improvised Explosive Devices. ...