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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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No Major Cuts for DISA in 2015 Budget Request

March 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 2015 budget request for the Defense Information Systems Agency reflects the reality that even a slimmed down Defense Department still needs global connectivity. DISA’s 2015 budget request for operations and maintenance -- which keeps its networks running on a daily basis -- took only a $12 million hit from ...

Defense Health Agency Wants More Money for IT Operations in 2015

March 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Health Agency requested a budget of $1.6 billion to support operations and maintenance of health information management systems in 2015, 7 percent more than its $1.5 billion 2014 operations budget. DHA, which replaced the TRICARE Management Activity last October, also requested $91.3 million in a new research and ...

VA Seeks 5 Percent Boost in IT Funding

March 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department requested an information technology budget of $3.9 billion in 2015, an increase of $200 million or just over 5 percent from $3.7 billion enacted in 2014. Officials said a top priority remains the development and deployment of a digital and electronic operating environment with an investment ...

Pentagon Slashes Army Tactical Radio Buy

March 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated with additional information about space system funding. The Defense Department is requesting $1.2 billion less for command and control and space-based systems in 2015 over what Pentagon officials asked for in 2014. The $6.6 billion request for command and control systems in 2015 is down ...

Sexting, Valet Parking and Luxury Travel at VA

March 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veteran’s Affairs Department Inspector General has reported a wild and sad tale of an unidentified ratings service representative in Nashville, Tenn., who among other things “downloaded Skype software onto his agency laptop for sexting close personal friends.” At the same time this unnamed Veterans Benefit Administration employee had the ...

10,000 Year Nuclear Waste Storage Site Fails After 15 years

February 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Energy’s underground nuclear waste storage plant in New Mexico was designed to safely store plutonium and other nuclear waste for 10,000 years, eons longer than recorded history. That’s because plutonium’s half-life -- the time it takes to decay -- runs from days to thousands of years. The ...

Workers Exposed to Radiation at Nuclear Weapons Waste Dump

February 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Energy has acknowledged that 13 workers at its nuclear waste dump 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M., tested positive for radiological contamination following an underground leak on Feb. 14. Exposed personnel were working above ground at the 16-square-mile facility, Joe Franco, manager of the Energy Carlsbad Field ...

Army Cancels High-Tech Combat Vehicle Project

February 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated with Army comment. The Army has decided to cancel a high-tech ground combat vehicle project that the Congressional Budget Office estimated would cost $29 billion, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Pentagon press briefing. Hagel, in a preview Monday of the Defense Department’s 2015 budget ...

Let’s Charge Wireless Bandwidth Hogs Extra

February 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Spectrum is a finite and valuable resource that to me seems increasingly devoted to truly frivolous uses – such as wireless binge viewing of House of Cards on an iThing rather than watching at home on a wired connection. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration thinks a good way to ...

Pentagon Wants to Share Spectrum With Broadband Providers, Not Auction It

February 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon no longer plans to hand over to industry spectrum it now considers vital to national security, a reversal from a broad policy position outlined by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in March 2012. The new Defense Department spectrum strategy, detailed by Chief Information Officer Teri Takai at ...