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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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Hey, Let’s Integrate All Airborne Systems

May 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That’s the idea behind a new project announced by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency focused on integration of all kinds of manned and unmanned aircraft gizmos. The System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation – or SoSite – project will help “maintain U.S. air superiority in contested environments, demonstrate ...

Lawmaker Says White House Favors High Voltage Line Route Across Missile Range

May 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has decided to allow construction of a controversial high-voltage transmission line across White Sands Missile Range, according to Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., who viewed the decision as putting corporate profits ahead of national security. Pearce did not disclose his source for the imminent White House decision. The ...

A Hint of VA’s Mobile Gadget Plans

April 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department could field up to 100,000 smart phones or tablets, according to a nugget buried inside a request for information for a new mobile management system. The department currently supports 13,000 mobile devices. VA also supports just over 300,000 desktop or laptop PCs, and this notice means ...

Is It Time for Obama to Intervene in Missile Range Power Line Dispute?

April 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez recently punted the controversy over a planned high voltage electric transmission line across White Sands Missile Range to the White House, telling President Obama that she is “seriously concerned the planned route for the project poses an unacceptable national security risk.” SunZia Transmission LLC kicked ...

There May Not Be Another Defense CIO Until 2017

April 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I’m picking up strong signals from Defense Department digerati and vendors that the Administration will not even bother with the process to select a new Defense Chief Information Officer to replace Teri Takai, who resigned yesterday. There just isn’t enough time to search for, select and then vet a new ...

VA Eyes Cash Prizes to Generate Ideas for New Health Record

April 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department plans to develop its next generation electronic health record through challenges and cash prize competitions, a tactic that proved successful on previous projects such as one to provide patients with online access to their health records. In a notice posted on the federal contracting website FedBizOps.gov ...

Operators Rely On Memory, Not Computers, to Track Nuke Waste

April 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Operators at an underground nuclear waste repository in New Mexico must rely on their own memories to locate plutonium-contaminated waste stored there because computers at the facility were not upgraded to track the materials, the Department of Energy concluded in a 302-page report released April 24. The report details results ...

Obama Orders Investigation of Veteran Deaths in Phoenix

April 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama told reporters at a press conference in Manila today that he has directed Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to investigate allegations that up to 40 Arizona veterans died while awaiting medical appointments at the Phoenix VA Health Care Center. CNN and the House Veterans Affairs Committee said April ...

This Electronic Health Record's Cost Has Jumped 2,233 Percent

March 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Costing 2,233 percent more than originally estimated, the Defense Health Agency’s electronic health record -- designed to be used in combat -- leads a motley pack of major Defense Department automated information systems whose costs have soared by mind-boggling percentages into the billions of dollars, according to government report. The ...

Electronic Warfare Accounts for 5 Percent of the Defense 2015 Science Budget

March 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department plans to spend roughly five percent -- or $500 million -- of its requested $11.5 billion 2015 science and technology budget to develop advanced electronic warfare systems, the Pentagon’s research and engineering chief told lawmakers. The United States needs to keep pace with the electronic warfare capabilities ...