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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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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 ...

VA Wants to Buy Data Storage the Way It Buys Electricity

February 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department launched a potential procurement yesterday to acquire storage systems for its five data centers on a metered basis, the same way households and businesses buy electricity. The VA Enterprise Operations division provides computing services -- including storage, disk mirroring and tape backups -- to department users ...

Defense Mulls Location-Specific Health Record Licenses

February 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon may develop its next generation electronic health record system -- slated serve 9.6 million patients and 70,000 clinicians -- through a series of enterprise licenses crafted to meet the specific requirements of a variety of military hospitals and clinics, according to a notice to industry posted on the ...

DARPA Wants to Help You Search the Web Better

February 10, 2014 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has kicked off a project to fine tune Web searches by topical domain rather than general subjects, allowing it to “maintain technological superiority in the area of content indexing and Web search on the Internet.” DARPA plans to use the system initially to counter ...

Another Day, Another Shutdown for the VA Claims System

February 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated with a comment from VA. I have received reports from Veterans Benefits Administration offices that the paperless Veterans Benefits Management System once again experienced a nationwide shutdown, an occurrence so routine it soon will not fit the definition of news. Eric Jenkins, a ratings service ...