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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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Navy to VA: We Printed Out Health Records and Mailed Them

December 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Decades after the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department developed separate electronic health records for military personnel and veterans, here’s how the Navy transfers potentially millions of pages of sailors’ and Marines’ medical files to VA: It prints them out on paper and mails them via the U.S. Postal Service, Nextgov ...

Army’s New, Proven Network Gear Heads to Afghanistan

December 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the last Army ground combat units slated for deployment to Afghanistan, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, will head out next year with tactical communications gear tested and proven at semi-annual Network Integration Evaluation exercises conducted over the past three years at Fort Bliss, Texas, and ...

VA Again Seeks Alternative to Microsoft

December 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department has kicked off its second effort in just more than a year to find an alternative to the Microsoft software key to its operations. In procurement documents posted on FedBizOps on Tuesday, VA said it wants to identify “comprehensive integrated solutions that exist today” to replace ...

Management Failures Threaten New Air Traffic Control Navigation System

December 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A series of management and scheduling failures are threatening the successful deployment of a $40 billion project to transform the country’s air traffic control system to GPS-based guidance from a ground-based system, according to a new report. The Federal Aviation Administration’s inability to set realistic plans and budgets, gaps in ...

Congress Limits Russian Sat Nav Monitor Stations in U.S.

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russia may not install satellite-monitoring ground stations in the United States unless construction, operation, and maintenance of those stations is managed by U.S. citizens, according to language in the 2014 Defense Authorization Act passed by the House last week and up for a Senate vote this week. Russia in 2012 ...

Congress Directs the Pentagon to Appoint a Cyber Czar

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act passed by House lawmakers last week, Congress required the Defense Department appoint a high level Principal Cyber Advisor with a broad oversight portfolio that includes offensive and defensive cyber missions, resources, personnel, acquisition and technology. A Senate vote on the bill is expected ...

Navy Finally Gets a Refund on Canceled 1991 Stealth Attack Aircraft Project

December 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Back in 1991, then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney abruptly canceled the Navy’s plans to buy 858 A-12 stealth attack aircraft after the cost of the program had spiraled to $5 billion from original estimates of just under $2 billion. The A-12 manufacturers - McDonnell Douglas (now owned by Boeing) and ...

Congress Tells Energy Dept. to Develop 'Exascale' Computers in 10 Years

December 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress is directing the Energy Department to take the next decade to develop a new class of supercomputers capable of a quintillion operations per second to model nuclear weapons explosions, according to language in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House last week, with a Senate vote ...

Congress to Defense and VA: Give Us a Plan for Integrating Health Records by February

December 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments will need to present a detailed plan for developing a single or interoperable electronic health record in just six weeks, based on language contained in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act agreed to by the House and Senate Wednesday. The two departments abandoned efforts ...

At Last, VA Electronic Access to All Your Military Records

December 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Language in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act approved by the House and Senate calls for the Defense Department to provide the Veterans Affairs Department with electronic access to all military records as of Jan. 1, 2014. This requirement covers personnel files, some records already in electronic format, such as ...