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 $100 Million Dental Bill

December 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I reported last month that the Military Health System plans to evaluate two competing applications for its dental electronic health record to make sure it fields the right system, including one it already sunk $100 million into, my sources close to the MHS Skyline HQ in Falls Church, Va., told...

NASA launches $4.5B information technology consolidation project

December 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's Brian Dunbar says the agency transferred nearly 1.4 petabytes of data from its Web sites in 2008.Forum One via Flickr Story updated on Dec. 8, 2009 at 11:04 a.m. NASA kicked off a grand plan on Dec. 4 to transform the way it manages information technology by issuing the...

From NASA launches mega-IT consolidation project

December 7, 2009 NASA kicked off a grand plan on Dec. 4 to transform the way it manages information technology by issuing the first of five contracts totaling $4.5 billion that it plans to release during the next few months. Read the full story on

How to Bury $187 million

December 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I start many work days by trolling through upcoming procurements and contract awards on, a task somewhat akin to looking for needles in a haystack. Today I found some real interesting needles: Two contract awards for combat radios the Army decided to run through the General Services Administration's Federal...

NASA awards $355 million IT contract for Marshall Space Flight Center

December 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA awarded a $355 million contract to Dynetics Inc. on Dec. 3 to provide information technology services at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The center is the premier NASA group for rocketry, and Dynetics, also based in Huntsville, will provide a range of services that include security,...

A Combat Robo Doc

December 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Navy field corpsmen who serve with Marine units probably are the best on-the-scene trauma care specialists in the world, but there's only so much one corpsman can do on the battlefield or during a medevac. To help out, the Office of Naval Research wants to see if some smart folks...

VA launches massive contract to buy IT equipment and services

December 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department kicked off this month what some technology executives estimate to be a huge, multibillion-dollar contract that will provide all the department's information technology needs. The Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (t4) program, or T4 for short, likely will replace VA's Global Information Technology Support Services contract, which...

Army Modernizes V-Mail

December 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the Big One -- that would be World War II -- my father, like many soldiers, communicated from the Pacific with my mother by V-Mail (Victory Mail). It was advanced technology for the time and was developed to reduce the mail sent to forward locations. My father would write...

HHS to award $220M in grants to support national health IT network

December 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government plans to award $220 million in health information technology grants early next year that can provide models for how to develop a national network of patient records, the secretary of the Health and Human Services Department said at a press briefing on Wednesday. The grants mark the...

Unreal ID

December 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As everyone on the planet knows by now, all you need to attend a state dinner at the White House is either a red sari or a tuxedo -- and lot of chutzpah. But, and this is even stranger, unless something changes drastically within the next 30 days, I'm going...

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