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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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JCS Chairman Never Heard of Vet Courts Until This Week

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the judges and treatment professionals attending the Vet Court Conference today that until this week, “I did not know you existed.” He quickly followed up saying he is now “wildly enthusiastic.” He said the special courts are needed ...

How the Government Is Handling 700,000 Jailed Veterans

December 3, 2013 The 700,000 veterans consigned to the dustbins of society -- prisons and jails -- won some top level attention this week at the first national Vet Court Conference in Washington, which brings together 1,000 judges, mental health and substance abuse professionals and the leadership of the Veterans Affairs and Defense ...

Any Questions for the Joint Chiefs Chairman?

December 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will host his first Facebook Town Hall this month and wants some good questions by Friday. So far the questions posted to Dempsey’s Facebook page range from the ridiculous – will he take song requests – to thoughtful requests ...

VA and Defense Chiefs Confront Reality of 700,000 Incarcerated Veterans

December 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 700,000 veterans consigned to the dustbins of society -- prisons and jails -- won some top level attention this week at the first national Vet Court Conference in Washington, which brings together 1,000 judges, mental health and substance abuse professionals and the leadership of the Veterans Affairs and Defense ...

Navy Deploys High Tech Surveillance Jets in East Asia

December 2, 2013 Two Boeing-built P-8A Poseidons -- among the Navy’s newest surveillance aircraft -- have arrived at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Katharine Cerezo said. Okinawa is 260 miles east of the new Air Defense Identification Zone, which was established by China on Nov. 23 around ...

Grunt With Me at the Bataan Memorial Death March

December 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Registration is open for the 25th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March, scheduled for Sunday, March 23, 2014, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Make a weekend of it and arrive on Friday, March 21, to spend some time with the dwindling pool of survivors of the horrific March in the ...

Navy Deploys First High-Tech Surveillance Aircraft to Okinawa

December 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two Boeing-built P-8A Poseidons -- among the Navy’s newest surveillance aircraft -- have arrived at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Katharine Cerezo said. Okinawa is 260 miles east of the new Air Defense Identification Zone, which was established by China on Nov. 23 around ...

Canadian Company Could Support Pentagon's Pivot to Arctic With Fiber Optic Connection

November 27, 2013 A Canadian company’s bold project to install a high speed fiber optic network across the roof of the world could provide the Defense Department with broadband connections to support its new Arctic strategy unveiled last week Arctic Fibre of Toronto plans to start construction in May 2014 on its $620 ...

Army Eyes Brain Wave Input to Replace Keyboards and Mice

November 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Typing while grunting makes for a real challenges, so the Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center wants some smart folks to come up with alternative input gadgets controlled by brain waves or eye movements. CERDEC, which hangs out in Aberdeen, Md., also wants to consider other “alternate human-machine interface ...

Northwest Passage Fiber Optic Line Could Support Defense Arctic Strategy

November 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Canadian company’s bold project to install a high speed fiber optic network across the roof of the world could provide the Defense Department with broadband connections to support its new Arctic strategy unveiled last week Arctic Fibre of Toronto plans to start construction in May 2014 on its $620 ...