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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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Defense launches broad-based RFID procurement

August 31, 2007 The Army this month launched a broad procurement for Radio Frequency Identification hardware, tags and services, but potential bidders expressed disappointment at its value and said it could require development of Defense-specific noncommercial hardware. The contract asks vendors to provide passive RFID hardware, tags and services for the Defense Department, ...

EPA to test use of RFID system to track hazardous waste shipments

August 30, 2007 The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans last week to test the use of Radio Frequency Identification technology to track the shipment of chemicals and hazardous waste from Mexico to disposal facilities in the United States. Hazardous waste generated by Mexican manufacturing plants near the U.S.-Mexico border that use raw materials ...

Keeping B-2 Bomber Off Your TV

August 29, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In early flight tests, new radar for the Air Force’s B-2 bomber, which was designed to not interfere with commercial satellite television signals, had technical problems, but the Air Force reports it will solve the problems. In 2002, the Air Force and B-2 contractor Northrop Grumman started a $900 million ...

FAA to award contract to upgrade air traffic system

August 28, 2007 The Federal Aviation Administration plans to award a $1 billion contract this week to upgrade the nationwide air traffic control system, and the technology it will use is "truly amazing," says Danny Seybert, president of Peninsula Airways (PenAir), the largest commuter airline in Alaska. For the past five years, PenAir ...

Playing Defense

August 27, 2007 The Best Defense Is a Good OffenseThe Bush administration reacted with a sharp protest when China successfully conducted an anti-satellite (ASAT) test in January and the chattering classes viewed it with alarm, calling it the "weaponization of space." Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said in April that ...

Northrop Grumman Moving & Storage Co.?

August 24, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The request by the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency 9NGA) for contractors to move the agency from six locations in the Washington, D.C., area to new digs at Ft. Belvoir, Va., in 2011 has attracted the attention of not only moving and relocation management companies, but also aerospace contractors and systems ...

OMG, DNI Taps Into Social Networking

August 22, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The members of the 9/11 Commission recommended that the intelligence agencies do a better job of sharing intelligence information. The direct quote form the 9/11 Commission Report: "We propose that information be shared horizontally, across new networks that transcend individual agencies." Is this what the commission had in mind as ...

Seeking Top-Secret Movers

August 22, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As we all know, moving is a painful experience eased by careful planning. The National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) seems to be trying to lessen the pain as much as possible. The NGA kicked off this week the process for moving 8,500 of its employees, and a whole mess of classified ...

Way Under Budget, Way Ahead of Schedule

August 21, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It seems that most federal projects with a lot of zeros in their budget run woefully way behind schedule and way over budget. But the Energy Department’s Sandia National Laboratories proves big projects can come in way under budget and way ahead of schedule. Sandia said it completed its $516 ...

What’s Brewin’: Clear as Mud

August 20, 2007 The Task Order Iron Curtain The Defense Department spent well over $400 billion in 2006 and likely will again in 2007. The department has asked for another $481.4 billion for fiscal 2008. It's getting harder to figure exactly what a lot of that money buys. That's particularly true with services ...