Robert Levinson

Senior Defense Analyst

Robert Levinson is a senior defense analyst with Bloomberg Government, covering defense spending, sequestration, international sales opportunities for military equipment, and government contracting. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force with more than 20 years of service. Prior to joining Bloomberg Government, Levinson worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a strategic communications consultant and in government relations for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s from the University of California, San Diego. He is also a graduate of Harvard’s program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.

Blog posts

OTA Spending on the Rise: Webinar Replay

Bloomberg Government Senior Defense Analyst Robert Levinson and the National Defense Industries Association’s senior fellow for acquisition reform, Jon Etherton, presented a webinar discussing the rise of Other Transaction Authority contracts and new legislation expanding the use of OTAs.

Implications of Denuclearizing North Korea

Bloomberg Government’s Senior Defense Analyst Rob Levinson sat down with former Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins to discuss what the prospects were for success in concluding a denuclearization agreement, what the outline of an agreement might look like, and what the US might be willing to give North Korea in return for the forfeiture of its nuclear arsenal.

CIA to Use Amazon Cloud to Run Big Data Intelligence Experiments

The Central Intelligence Agency is looking to team up with industry experts to run a series of open-source intelligence projects using its Amazon cloud.

Air Force Issues ‘Challenge’ to Find Base Security Technology

The Pentagon issued a call for innovative technologies to protect fixed sites such permanent Air Force bases, temporary sites that may be only in place for an hour or so, and assets and personnel on the move.

Using BGOV Tools to Evaluate Global Supply Chain Risk

The U.S. Department of Defense is refining its focus on global IT supply chains in the age of cyber warfare and is seeking to better understand the role of Chinese companies, while preventing the infiltration of that nation’s technology into U.S. military data systems.

Eliminating Defense Agencies Could Put $7B in Contracts at Risk

About $7 billion worth of contracts to companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. could be on the chopping block under legislation drafted by Rep. Mac Thornberry, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Pentagon’s $2 Trillion Buying Spree Benefits These 17 Companies

The Pentagon will have spent almost $2 trillion by the time it finishes buying all the major weapons systems it has committed to, with much of the money going into the coffers of just 17 companies.

Drone Jammer May Evade Procurement Rules in Army Need for Speed

The Pentagon is shifting gears in its strategy to buy a drone-mounted system that can jam enemy radio signals, opting for Other Transaction Authority, which allows for quicker procurement by bypassing many of the rules in Federal Acquisition Regulations.

Pentagon Renovation

Pentagon Eyes `Tiny’ Rockets for Small Reconnaissance Satellites

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) released a draft request for proposal for the Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket, or RASR, program to boost “tiny” spy satellites into orbit.

Boeing Is Winner as Pentagon Surprises With More Satellites

The Pentagon will build and launch more of its own satellites in a win for companies such as Boeing Co., and potentially Elon Musk’s SpaceX or United Launch Alliance LLC, and a possible setback from suppliers of global communications networks such as Iridium Communications Inc.