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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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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 ...

Air Force plans huge follow-on contract for intelligence IT

August 17, 2007 The intelligence community's voracious appetite for information technology has prompted the Air Fore to kick off a massive, accelerated procurement for IT equipment, software and services to support intelligence activities and agencies throughout the federal government. The Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, which ...

The Math Behind VA-Dell PC Deal

August 16, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dell Federal said it won a $248 million contract from the Veterans Affairs Department in a deal which names the company as the department’s “exclusive” provider of desktop computers. Dell said under a three-year lease agreement it will provide the VA with a minimum of 249,000 of its OptiPlex desktop ...

Defense Says Bye Bye to EDI

August 15, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department plans to stop using commercial electronic data interchange (EDI) systems to process payments and instead will require contactors to use the Department’s Web-based Wide Area Workflow - Receipt and Acceptance system. Defense wrote in an Aug. 14 Federal Register notice that neither the American National Standards Institute ...