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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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VA Had 31 Percent Error Rate in Crash 2013 Claims Processing Project

July 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefits Administration inaccurately processed 17,600 of 56,500 claims under a crash, two-month project kicked off in April 2013 to eliminate claims older than 2 years, the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported today. The rush to get these claims processed resulted in improper payments of $40.4 million. ...

On the Trail of the Elusive ‘Contractor Sustainment Re-vector’

July 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Monday, June 30, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded Lockheed Martin a $38.8 increase to its Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) contract for something dubbed “System Interim Contractor Sustainment Re-vector.” Huh? I have covered the Defense Department for more than 25 years and have never encountered ...

NNSA Taps Cray for New High-Speed Supercomputer for Los Alamos Lab

July 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Nuclear Security Administration awarded Cray Inc. a $174 million contract to develop a new supercomputer capable of crunching data at speeds measured in multiple quadrillion of operations per second (petaflops) to conduct nuclear weapons simulations. Neither Cray nor NNSA disclosed the speed of the new machine. However, if ...

The Air Force May Have Already Developed Its New Long-Range Bomber

July 9, 2014 While the Air Force is expected to soon issue a request for proposals for its long-range strike bomber, a July 2 Congressional Research Service report made public Tuesday suggests that the service has already developed the aircraft through its classified budget. The CRS report, obtained and posted online by Steven ...

Surprise! The Air Force May Have Already Developed Its Next Bomber

July 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Air Force is expected to soon issue a request for proposals for its long-range strike bomber, a July 2 Congressional Research Service report made public Tuesday suggests that the service has already developed the aircraft through its classified budget. The CRS report, obtained and posted online by Steven ...

Marines Eye Big Brother Commercial Vehicle Tracking System

July 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Marine Corps wants to buy a system to track all its owned and leased commercial vehicles at its Southern California and Arizona bases. The system, which will consist of multiple sensors including GPS and video systems, leaves little room for driver excesses, as they will track speed and record ...

The Pentagon Won't Demolish Its Alaskan Research Facility Just Yet

July 8, 2014 The Pentagon has delayed its plans to knock down a controversial Alaskan radio research facility until next year, for a possible transfer to a university or scientific institution, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced. Murkowski said July 2 the Air Force had agreed to halt demolition of the High Frequency Active ...

House VA Committee Eyes VA eBenefits Mess

July 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I’m picking up strong signals that the House VA committee has started an informal probe into the 300,000 claims filed through the Veterans Affairs Department’s eBenefits portal over the past year and now appear stuck in cyber-limbo, as I reported last Thursday. Among other things, the committee, I’m told, is ...

Pentagon Won’t Demolish Alaskan Radio Research Site Until 2015

July 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon has delayed its plans to knock down a controversial Alaskan radio research facility until next year, for a possible transfer to a university or scientific institution, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced. Murkowski said July 2 the Air Force had agreed to halt demolition of the High Frequency Active ...

How I Celebrated July 4 in 1965

July 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It started on a downhill note, when I ran down the ramp of the LCVP landing craft carrying me and other members of the Communications Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, which hit a sandbar offshore Da Nang, Vietnam, and dropped us in waist-deep water. After wading ashore, we hit the ...