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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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Russia Joins U.S., EU in GPS Race

May 21, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here's more GPS news. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to make signals from Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) free to anyone in the world, according to a report by Novosti, the Russian Information Agency. Anatoly Perini, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, told Novosti that Glonass...

Air Force Plays Hide and Seek with GPS III RFP

May 21, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s going to be real hard for anyone outside the Defense Department or its contactors to get even a peek at the request for proposals for the advanced Global Positioning System III satellite contract. The Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center in beautiful downtown El Segundo, Calif., has limited...

Europe's Galileo Losing Out to U.S. GPS

May 18, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The European Union’s ambitious plan to build its own satellite navigation network to rival the United States’ Global Positioning System has run into a snag, with an industry consortium balking at financially supporting the effort. The EU and the consortium â€" a who’s who of the European space and communications...

War is Hell, So Do Without MySpace, YouTube

May 18, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s time to put into perspective this kerfuffle over the Defense Department barring access to MySpace, YouTube and other video and social networking sites. Yes, "War Is Hell," and that means troops in an all-volunteer military sometimes just don’t get everything they want or what is readily available to people...

DOD Wants to Stay Aloft For 5 Years -- Non-stop

May 18, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Vultures can stay aloft a long time without expending a lot of energy by riding thermals. So it makes sense that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has code named a program to develop an aircraft that can stay airborne for five years “The Vulture Air Vehicle Program.” DARPA,...

NSA seeks to open classified network to allies

May 17, 2007 The National Security Agency is working to open classified Defense Department communications networks to key allies, a move that the U.S. intelligence community has resisted for years, according to an internal NSA briefing presentation obtained by Government Executive. NSA and Defense plan to open a classified network known as the...

DISA's Wi-Fi Flying Squirrel

May 15, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency has started to deploy throughout the Defense Department a Wi-Fi network monitoring tool dubbed “Flying Squirrel,” according to an internal agency briefing obtained by Tech Insider. The name Flying Squirrel, I’m told, has nothing to do with DISA â€" whose headquarters on Courthouse Road in...

Governors: Get Ready for Even Longer Waits at DMV

May 15, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow post A consequence of the Real ID Act to make driver licenses more secure â€" beyond its $23 billion estimated cost -- is the fact that it will increase by as much as 75 percent the already painful long waits at states’ departments of motor vehicles, the National Governors Association...

DISA: Can't Run YouTube and a War Simultaneously

May 15, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever tried to use your home computer network for a business presentation with a deadline in a matter of hours while the kiddos in the house are all downloading videos from YouTube or checking out their friends on MySpace? You quickly find out it’s difficult for business to...

States cite high cost of upgrading driver’s license systems to meet federal rules

May 11, 2007 Two state organizations this week sharply criticized proposed federal rules for complying with a law to make driver's licenses more secure, citing high costs to upgrade state computer systems and federal networks that can't handle the expected demand from states trying to verify drivers' identities. The Real ID Act of...