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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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A $25 Million Test Center for DoD-VA’s Vanished Health Record Office

November 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just around the time it disappeared, the Interagency Program Office charged with developing the long dead integrated electronic health record for the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments racked up $25 million in contracts to support a Development Test Center in Richmond, Va. The biggest of these deals include a contract ...

Cold Atoms for Navigation and Other Tech Recommendations for Defense

November 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department should invest in technologies today that will ensure continued superiority in 2030, the Defense Science Board said in a recent report, specifically citing a need for alternatives to the GPS navigation system, beefed up network security and compact battlefield power systems. The board also recommended developing standard ...

VA Taps Twitter Researcher for Digital Media Geek Dream Team

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department said it has signed on Mark Trammell, who worked as a senior design researcher at Twitter from 2009 to 2012, as a volunteer Designer-in-Residence for its Digital Media Team. Trammel, a Navy veteran who helped build the software that powered President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, ...

Cloud-based Army Network Defense Needs Tweaks to Support Tactical Units

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud-based cyber defense systems need to match the operational tempo and requirements of tactical units, the Army told Nextgov, describing a lesson learned from the just-completed Network Integration Evaluation exercise. Army policy calls for network defense to be handled by a Host Based Security System, or HBSS, hosted at the ...

Do Pentagon SESers Really Need a Course on How Their Department Works?

November 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Defense Department contract to educate new members of the Senior Executive Service on how the department works should definitely win an award for wasting money. The Washington Headquarters Service – which provides overall support to folks who work in the Pentagon – awarded JRogers Consulting of Alexandria, Va., a ...

Defunct Defense-VA Health Record Office Spent Bulk of Budget on Support Contracts

November 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The now moribund interagency program office charged with developing an integrated electronic health record for the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments spent $1.1 billion during its five year life, with the bulk of that going to support service contracts, based on a Nextgov review of Pentagon reports to Congress and ...

Military Wants to Buy Iron Man Suits for Troops

November 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Special Operations Command wants to develop an “Iron Man” suit named after the fictional Marvel Comics superhero to protect troops as well as incorporate wearable power, computer and communications systems. SOCOM kicked off the research project for what is formally called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit in September ...

How Do You Cut the Number of Homeless Vets? Provide Housing

November 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs and the Housing and Urban Development departments announced Thursday that he number of homeless vets declined 24 percent since 2010 due to one simple fact: putting a lot of bucks into vet housing. The 2013 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness, prepared by HUD, estimated there were 57,849 homeless ...

Pentagon Electronic Health Records Not Ready Until 2017... At Least

November 19, 2013 The Defense Department will not start deploying its modernized electronic health record until 2017, nine years after President Obama called on the Pentagon and the Veterans Affairs Department to develop a joint EHR. The joint effort was abandoned in February when estimated costs spiraled to $28 billion. The Defense EHR ...

Pentagon’s Electronic Health Record Not Ready for Initial Use Until 2017

November 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department will not start deploying its modernized electronic health record until 2017, nine years after President Obama called on the Pentagon and the Veterans Affairs Department to develop a joint EHR. The joint effort was abandoned in February when estimated costs spiraled to $28 billion. The Defense EHR ...