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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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Radiation Levels Spiked for Navy Responders to Japan Nuke Disaster, Report Says

February 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier experienced radiation levels 30 times above normal while its crew conducted disaster relief operations off the coast of Japan in March 2011 after a tsunami damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, according to a new analysis published on Monday. That analysis ...

VA Needs to Embrace Tech-Savvy, Mobile Veterans

February 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department “must embrace and fully support changing mobile lifestyles” to serve tech savvy veterans between now and 2020, the department said in a high-level draft strategic plan released Feb. 15. The plan said VA needs to figure out how to “personalize” its interactions with veterans through analysis ...

DISA Signs $40.5 Million Adobe Software Deal

February 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency said it has signed a three-year, $40.5 million enterprise licensing agreement with CDW-G for Adobe software to be used by its own personnel along with Army and Air Force users. The contract covers Acrobat Pro, Experience Manager Document Services and a number of Creative Cloud ...

Underground Plutonium Waste Plant Hit by Radiation Leak and Fire

February 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The country’s only underground nuclear waste storage site, located 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M., experienced a radiation leak last Friday, ten days after an underground vehicle caught fire at the facility. The Energy Department’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, estimated to have cost more $1 billion to develop, went into ...

Troops Exposed to Blasts More Likely to Get PTSD, TBI, Other Long-Term Ailments

February 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Troops exposed to blasts in Afghanistan and Iraq “have an increased risk of developing adverse health outcomes over the long term,” including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, persistent headaches and growth hormone deficiency, according to a report released Thursday. "Acute physical and psychological health outcomes in people who survive ...

Ill-Fitted Body Armor Could Amplify Blast Effects, Study Warns

February 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Institute of Medicine report on the long-term health effects of blast injuries also sounds a note of caution about poorly fitted body armor. “The importance of correctly fitting personal protective equipment cannot be overestimated,” the report said. Anecdotal evidence indicates that body armor that is too small or too ...

Secret Military Contractors Will Soon Mine Your Tweets

February 12, 2014 The Army wants a contractor to conduct detailed social media data mining to “identify violent extremist influences” around the world that could affect the European Command, responsible for operations in Europe as well as Iceland, Israel, Greenland and Russia. Though the project is classified Secret, an Army contract shop in ...

Defense Plans Secret Global Social Media Data Mining Project Based in Europe

February 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army wants a contractor to conduct detailed social media data mining to “identify violent extremist influences” around the world that could affect the European Command, responsible for operations in Europe as well as Iceland, Israel, Greenland and Russia. Though the project is classified Secret, an Army contract shop in ...

Marines May Ditch DISA for Private Cloud to Host Combat Support System

February 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Marine Corp is considering using a commercial cloud service provider instead of the Defense Information Systems Agency to host its version of the Global Combat Support System. Separately, the Marines on Wednesday launched a procurement to cut personnel systems costs by selecting just one system integrator to manage 15 ...

HP Gets Another $138 Million to Keep the Old Navy Network Operational

February 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The total value of the Naval Marine Corps Internet contract has reached $15.7 billion thanks to an extension last Friday to the NMCI bridge contract valued at $138 million. Electronic Data Systems, now HP Enterprise Services, won the $10 billion NMCI contract in 2000, followed by a $3.4 billion Continuity ...