Bob Brewin

Brewin, Bob. "Army Establishes Infowar 'DMZ.'" Federal Computer Week, 12 Jan. 2000. []

The Army's Network Security Improvement Program (NSIP) is planning "to establish network security demilitarized zones (DMZs) at all its bases worldwide as part of a plan to beef up its cyberdefenses against network intrusions and attacks.... [A]ll Army bases and posts will have to physically separate public servers from those providing access to private Army intranets."


Brewin, Bob. "DOD Recognizes Info Warfare as Key Battlefield." Federal Computer Week, 2 Dec. 1998. []

In October, "the military services approved ... a new Information Operations policy formally institutionalizing information warfare as a new operational 'battlespace.' The Joint Chiefs of Staff ... formally codified Information Operations doctrine with ... release of a guidance document called Joint Publication 3-13... The new doctrine, which covers defensive and offensive information operations, raises information warfare to the same importance as the three traditional battlegrounds -- air, land and sea -- and treats cyberspace as something akin to a physical space that has 'become a critical environment'.... The individual services already had taken steps to formalize their information operations,... and the new doctrine brings these operations into the joint realm."


Brewin, Bob. "FBI Beefs Up Cyberagent Squads Nationwide." Federal Computer Week, 14 Jan. 2000. []

"The National Plan for Information Systems Protection, released Jan. 12[, 2000] by President Clinton, outlines plans for the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) to establish a National Infrastructure Protection and Computer Intrusion Program in the agency's counterterrorism division. The NIPC is charged with centrally managing the nation's defense of telecommunications systems, railroads and electric power systems against attacks."


Brewin, Bob. "Satellite Development Delays Cost DOD $1B." Federal Computer Week, 26 Jan. 2007. []

"The Defense Department will launch a new generation of communications satellites to serve mobile users in 2009, even though it has no funds for satellite receivers.... DOD is spending $1 billion a year on commercial broadband satellite service because of schedule delays in developing advanced military broadband satellite systems. Air Force Maj. Gen. William Lord said he is considering the use of high-tech balloons and unmanned aerial vehicles as communications relays to help bridge the satellite gap. Lord and other top DOD officials spoke at the 2007 SpaceComm Conference, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain chapter of AFCEA International."


Brewin, Bob. "Web Docs Show NSA Forecast Bloody Tet Offensive." Federal Computer Week, 2 Oct. 1998. []

According to Ford, CIA and the Vietnam Policy Makers (1998), "[i]ntercepts of enemy radio communications collected and collated" by NSA "provided U.S. commanders in Vietnam with more than two weeks' notice of the bloody 1968 Tet Offensive.... [Ford] told Federal Computer Week that he received permission from NSA to refer to its still-classified history of NSA operations in Vietnam."

[NSA/90s/98 & Sigint; Vietnam/Tet]

Brewin, Bob, and Sydney Shaw. Vietnam on Trial: Westmoreland vs. CBS. New York: Atheneum, 1987.

Katherine Evans, "Declarations of Victory," New York Times, 5 Apr. 1987, calls this work "a determinedly evenhanded account of the trial and the documentary ... that prompted it." The authors report "this drama in comprehensive detail and even add a postscript on what happened afterward."

[Vietnam/Analysis & Gen]

Brewin, Bob, Daniel Verton, and William Matthews. "NSA Playing IT Catch-Up." Federal Computer Week, 6 Dec. 1999, 1.

NSA Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden "has called for a sweeping overhaul of the super-secret agency's management and information systems to bring it up-to-date with the exploding pace of change in telecommunications and information technology." Hayden has declared "100 Days of Change" after receiving "a scathing report from a group of NSA managers in October that depicts an agency mired in bureaucratic conflict, suffering from poor leadership and losing touch with the government clients it serves."


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