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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DOT Wants Cars to ‘Talk’ to Each Other

August 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Department and its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have formally kicked off a process that would end in mandating all cars and light trucks have the ability to exchange data with each other over wireless communications to prevent accidents. Vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology “could move us from helping people...

New VA Bill Chops Tuition Costs

August 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While focused primarily on reform of the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 also provides good news for vets attending state-funded schools under the post-9/11 GI Bill. Vets covered by that bill will qualify for lower in-state tuition, no matter...

Navy Unmanned Aircraft Returns to Carrier Flight Ops

August 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy’s X-47B unmanned aircraft returned to sea yesterday on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and for the first time conducted flight operations with manned aircraft. The fighter-sized X-47B made the first carrier landing of an unmanned aircraft July 10, 2013, on the USS George H.W. Bush operating off the Virginia...

Here Comes the Pink Camo Food Truck

August 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three Army spouses from Ft. Drum, New York, will compete in the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” at 9 p.m. EDT this Sunday with a vehicle that pays a nod to the military with its unique pink camouflage paint scheme. Team Military Moms, which consists of Ft. Drum spouses...

Defense IG Slaps Washington Headquarters Services for Poorly Managing Task Order

August 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Washington Headquarters Services, which manages and provides support service for the Pentagon and other Defense Department installations in the Washington, D.C., area including information technology, spent $2.4 million more than expected and potentially wasted $271,358 on one IT task order, DOD inspector general reported Wednesday. WHS has 10 IT...

Air Force Inks $291 Million Deals for Commodity Aircraft Supplies

August 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force requires thousands of low-cost electronic and hardware commodity items to keep its fleet of aircraft flying and yesterday awarded eight companies contracts valued at $288 million to supply it with 3,000 separate items. Under the Third Party Logistics Follow-on Service Acquisition, vendors will source and supply the...

Australia Joins Assistance Mission for Remaining 4,000 Iraqi Refugees

August 14, 2014 Australia has joined the United States and Britain in airdropping supplies to refugees trapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces on Mount Sinjar in Northwestern Iraq, with a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J parachuting 10 pallets of supplies yesterday. Over the past week, U.S. military aircraft...

New VA Chief Freezes Central Health Office Hiring

August 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said he has put a freeze on the hiring of personnel for the headquarters staff of the Veterans Health Administration in Washington and headquarters of the 21 regional Veterans Integrated Service Networks around the country. Dr. Ken Kizer, who served as VA undersecretary for health...

Australia Joins Iraq Refugee Aerial Resupply Mission

August 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Australia has joined the United States and Britain in airdropping supplies to refugees trapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces on Mount Sinjar in Northwestern Iraq, with a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J parachuting 10 pallets of supplies yesterday. Over the past week, U.S. military aircraft...

Health Care for Vets on Nantucket

August 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 124 veterans eligible for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs who live on the island of Nantucket 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts truly illustrate the problem rural vets face in accessing VA clinics and hospitals – they need to take a one-hour ferry trip before...

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