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March 7, 2011

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You’ve seen them: A blog that hasn’t been updated in eight months, a Twitter account with five tweets, or a Facebook page incomplete. Welcome to the “social media graveyard”, something that has become all too common in the world of Gov 2.0, as our government figures out how to best use social media.

Booz Allen's Steve Radick

We spoke with Booz Allen social media wiz Steve Radick, who sees the Gov 2.0 space maturing; agencies are looking at something that can help its mission, instead of something they need to do but don’t fully understand: "They're incorporating social media in ways that are sustainable and using people with a passion for it.” For instance, Steve says his team is working with the Navy, empowering its public affairs officers, instead of centralizing all social media activity in one office. This way they can discover how to use social media in ways that work for them.

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Booz Allen's Steve Radick

Steve came to Booz Allen out of college as a communications specialist, but after using Intellipedia for a client project, he began to see the power of social media. He also saw that Booz Allen had little presence in the social media space, so he began spending a few hours each night working on reports and white papers on the subject: “I became so annoying that I was impossible to avoid.” He eventually got to put together a team of consultants to focus on the subject. Steve is also a proud father, having a daughter five months ago (she's a pretty good sleeper, he says) and is a huge Pittsburgh sports fan, draping his basement in black and gold.

Gates: No Major Cuts
DoD Secretary Robert Gates
So maybe everyone on the defense side of the business can breath easier (just a bit, though). On Friday, DoD Sec Robert Gates said at a speech at the Air Force Academy in Colorado that the department isn't planning any more major program cuts for at least the next year or two, depending on how the budget crunch continues. The biggest program change for the FY12 budget, he says, is the cancellation of the Marines Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles (total cost: $15 billion) that would use up the Corps vehicle budget for the next decade plus. Instead, Gates said the Marines will upgrade current vehicles and then create a new proposal for a slimmer version of the EFVs.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Oceus Networks

We joined our wonderful sponsor Oceus Networks at the Reston Hyatt on Friday as the company hosted more than 150 government and industry leaders for a demonstration of the company’s capabilities. Above, you can see CEO Doug Smith and acting CTO Todd Pressley in a Q&A. Oceus Networks, formally Ericsson Federal, provides broadband solutions to governments that enable them to deliver high-speed voice, video and data communications to the constituents they serve, empowering governments to send and receive critical info and provide the ability for businesses to compete in the global marketplace.

Oceus CEO Doug Smith

Here's Doug doing a little post-game networking. Oceus is the approved provider of Ericsson communications and technologies for the federal government, leveraging Ericsson’s $5 billion annual investment in R&D. The company also includes a broad portfolio of other solutions and services and aims to match clients with the best technologies to reach their mission. It has also created the Oceus Networks Technology Laboratory and Briefing Center to provide information on the latest technology for full service broadband via wireless and wired connectivity. The company is seeing tremendous growth and is looking to add talented professionals. If interested in working for Oceus, check out its website.

New Org!
Fred Diamond

Social networking is dandy, but in-person conversation is . . . also good? We haven't found a good cliche, but there must still be a demand for face-to-face contact because marketing expert Fred Diamond tells us he's launching the Institute for Excellence in Sales & Business Development. It will share best practices from all sectors, including technology. Fred, who heads DIAMOND Marketing, says the organization will honor Guerra Kiviat’s Rob Guerra with a lifetime achievement award on May 19 at an awards breakfast at the Fairview Marriott. The event will also present eight awards to corporations that show organizational sales and biz dev operational excellence. The organization will follow with events throughout the year. Fred may also be the area’s biggest Phillies fans. His 2011 commentary: “I’m only worried about who the 25th man will be.”

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