Professional Bio

1005081_474707989283286_696453576_nDespite the incredible genetic opportunities that came with being born into a family of mathematicians, computer engineers and scientists, Olga Belogolova has skillfully been able to avoid all practical and lucrative career paths. Instead, much to the dismay of and despite the earnest wishes of her kind parents, she chose “the arts” and political science.

The end results of this choice are still to be seen, but Olga was lucky enough to remain a massive nerd in the face of her questionable career choices. This nerdy behavior began to present itself in the early stages of her high school career, where she was President of French Club, Vice President of Latin Club, Class Council member and Co-Founder and President of Model United Nations. This heavy involvement not only allowed her photo to appear on almost every page of the club roster in the school yearbook, but also found her waking up at 6 a.m. to decorate the school gym before pep rallies.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thinking that these activities were clearly not enough, she joined the school paper and started writing and copy-editing. Her love of journalism/writing was born and she continued to pursue it in college and afterward. She is a graduate of Boston University, with a dual degree in Magazine Journalism and Western European Studies.

Since then, she has been published (perhaps because of talent; perhaps sheer luck) in The Student Operated Press, The Daily Free Press, OC METRO Business Magazine, OC FAMILY Magazine, Boston magazine, UniversityChic.com, Encore Magazine, National Journal, The Atlantic online, Ogonyok magazine (in Russian) and The Globe and Mail. In addition, she has contributed two chapters to the book - U Chic: The College Girls Guide to Everything. In the spring of 2009, she was selected as one of 10 journalism students nationally for a journalism press trip to Jordan. In 2012, as a reporter at National Journal, she traveled to Russia and Japan on two back-to-back fellowships through the International Center for Journalists. She is currently an Associate Editor at Inside Defense, where she covers the Navy.


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Like many journalists, Olga is an insomniac, doing some of her best work in the wee hours of the morning. With many all-nighters of practice throughout her high school and college career, she has become virtually unable to process any practical or logical information before she has eaten her breakfast. Those who know her well know that it is wise to stay silent and distant from Olga while she is in the waking stages of her morning, much like it is wise to stay as far away as possible from a hungry lion in the Serengeti desert.


Though she has yet to visit the Serengeti, Olga really enjoys travel and the study of foreign languages and foreign affairs. Coming from the Soviet Union to America at the age of 3, she was forced to simultaneously learn English (for survival purposes), while speaking Russian at home (also for survival purposes).  Since then, being the overachiever that she is, Olga has studied Hebrew, French, Latin and Italian and has visited more than 15 countries.

As a lover of travel and culture, Olga has grown to love not only languages, but also art and performing arts, such as ballet and theatre. Having once aimed to be a costume designer (another lucrative career option), Olga fell in love with period pieces and fashion at a young age. In this regard, she has a serious substance abuse problem…when it comes to dresses. There are few dresses in the world that Olga does not love…or want to own.

There are other items, however, that Olga just can’t hold onto. Olga has a knack for losing a lot of things, but mostly sunglasses or cell phones. You can even find one of her cell phones at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay.

Despite her usual elegant appearance,you will often find Olga climbing trees and finding nearby playgrounds to visit. Still, in the face of her youthful agility and athletic ability, Olga is also a massive klutz. She has a tendency to run into doors, break fingers and toes and spill wine, especially red wine, all over everything.

Watch out for this one.



Recent Posts

Some of my recent reporting

It’s been a while since I shared some of my recent work. The dilemma is how to reconcile having my work behind a paywall and wanting to share it with my readers.

Here are some excerpts from two recent stories.

Navy Crowd-Sourcing Ideas To Promote Innovative Acquisition Strategies

Last week, the Navy launched its second round of an online war game aimed at crowd-sourcing ideas from contractors, government and academia representatives on how best to incentivize the use of the Open Systems Architecture (OSA) strategy by industry and the acquisition work force.

The game, run through Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet, or MMOWGLI, the gaming platform sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, began on July 15 and is set to run through July 26. Its results will be used to inform the Navy’s acquisition policy and processes in the next fiscal year, Nick Guertin, director of transformation under the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, test and evaluation, told Inside the Navy last week.

Ideas presented through the exercise will be validated and then translated into action plans for how best to implement the service’s OSA strategy and will likely be reflected in the way the Navy will develop contracts in the future, Guertin said during the telephone interview.

The way the war game is set up is not all that different from a traditional computer game or video game. Players from industry, government and academia register under creative pseudonyms, such as “iron,” “jack of all trades,” or “t-Rex,” and proceed to present or develop ideas for the Navy’s acquisition strategy. Guertin said that more than half of the nearly 300 participants in the game so far are from industry and quite a few are from the small business community. The game is moderated by “game masters,” government employees who cull the ideas, look at which need more exploration and ensure that no business-sensitive information is discussed.  (Subscriber link)

PACOM Chief: Sequester ‘Hollowing Out’ Military, Impacting Readiness

U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Samuel Locklear last week said that sequestration is “basically hollowing out the force,” noting that in his Pacific area of responsibility, the cuts mean fewer exercises, flying hours and assets — problems that would only be exacerbated by further budget cuts that could come in fiscal year 2014.

A letter to Congress from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week, which detailed that further sequestration in FY-14 would “sharply reduce” funding for procurement, research and development and military construction accounts is “an accurate description of what’s happening to the force at-large,” Locklear told reporters during a Pentagon briefing last week.

“What it does is it limits the ability for us to manage the money and forces the services have to take [out] that money, which, in the case of fiscal year ’14, if unaddressed by the Congress, will be about $52 billion in execution across the defense budget. And because we are restricted where we can take that money from, it comes out of operations and maintenance,” Locklear explained. (Subscriber link)

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