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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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Uh Oh – Not Enough Berths for Chiefs on New Ford Carrier

February 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A line buried deep in the Pentagon’s 2013 evaluation of major systems says the Navy has underestimated the berthing requirements for its next generation aircraft carrier, the $12 billion USS Gerald Ford, slated to join the fleet in 2016. A variety of new-fangled systems was supposed to reduce manning requirements ...

Failures Beset Navy’s New Aircraft Carrier and Patrol Planes

February 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A number of problems in key systems of the Navy’s next generation aircraft carrier and patrol aircraft threaten their operational effectiveness, the Pentagon’s test organization said in its annual report to Congress. J. Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation for the Defense Department, also highlighted software problems with ...

Army, Air Force Tap Goodwill Industries to Scan and Send Records to VA

February 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army and Air Force have contracted with a division of Goodwill Industries to scan and then transmit to the Veterans Affairs Department millions of pages of service treatment records of Army and Air Force personnel discharged this year. VA and the Defense Department agreed last February that Defense would ...

New Tool Helps Vets Shop for Colleges

February 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department launched a new online tool on Tuesday to help vets interested in college choose the school that best meets their needs. The GI Bill Comparison Tool pulls information from 17 online databases and filters, among other things, “for profit” schools, which are sometimes viewed as preying ...

Army Commanders Slam New Communications System

February 3, 2014 Army tactical company commanders universally panned satellite communications equipment installed on their vehicles in tests last year, the Pentagon’s test organization has reported. The Soldier Network Extension portion of the Army’s Warfighter Information Network – Tactical, or WIN-T, was developed by General Dynamics C4 Systems to provide voice and broadband ...

Vets -- Take the American Legion PTSD/TBI Survey

February 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The American Legion is encouraging veterans with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder to participate in its online survey this month. The Legion said it is conducting the voluntary survey to gather information about the care and treatment received for the two conditions, including veterans’ experiences with complementary and ...

Army Commanders Nix Key Satellite Communications System

February 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Army tactical company commanders universally panned satellite communications equipment installed on their vehicles in tests last year, the Pentagon’s test organization has reported. The Soldier Network Extension portion of the Army’s Warfighter Information Network – Tactical, or WIN-T, was developed by General Dynamics C4 Systems to provide voice and broadband ...

‘Kill Me. I Can’t Live Like This' -- A Long Wars PTSD Love Story

February 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “Signature wounds of war” has become one of those phrases so embedded in the national lexicon to have almost lost its meaning, as the United States winds down the 13th year of its long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Former Army Sgt. Kayla Williams knows all too well the true ...

Pentagon: F-35 Software Remains Seriously Flawed

January 30, 2014 The $397 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program suffers from such severe software problems that aircraft could not conduct operational missions today, the Pentagon’s chief tester said in his annual report to Congress, which was released to the public yesterday. Contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. develops the F-35 software in three ...

VA and Pentagon Set Up Online System to Handle GI Bill Ripoff Complaints

January 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Education and Justice, along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission, launched a new online complaint system designed to collect feedback from veterans, service members and their families experiencing problems with educational institutions that receive funding from federal military and ...