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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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First Texting, Now GPS

October 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to New York State Gov. David Paterson, it's time to add truckers, who might be following GPS-enabled map systems, to texting drivers as the latest high-tech road hazard. Last week, Paterson introduced legislation to confiscate trucks whose GPS systems guide them onto roads that have bridges too low for ...

Mullen, CBS' Couric Share a Barber?

October 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Well, if not the same barber, definitely the same haircut. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chefs of Staff, joked during a speech last night at the annual Alfred E. Smith Foundation dinner in New York, where CBS News anchor Katie Couric was one of the guests. In other ...

From Nextgov.com: Military retiree launches online Army Family Support Center

October 16, 2009 The Army has developed a range of online resources to support the families of soldiers, especially deployed troops, but these can take hours of Web searches to locate and organize. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Military retiree launches virtual Army Family Support Center

October 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army has developed a range of online resources to support the families of soldiers, especially deployed troops, but these can take hours of Web searches to locate and organize. Jaque Davison, a retired Army helicopter pilot who has nearly three decades of experience in the construction of 3-D objects ...

Contractors Wag Defense Watchdog

October 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want some outrage today? Take out your pay stub, look at the gaping hole the Internal Revenue Service has made in your income and then read this Government Accountability Office testimony. It details how contractors have managed to defang the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the outfit that's supposed to protect ...

The Information Dominance Corps

October 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Navy meteorologists and oceanographers might not consider themselves cyber warriors, but they are going to be lumped into a new Navy Information Dominance Corps established by Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, on Oct. 6. The new corps, according to a Roughead memo, which a kind soul sent me, ...

From Nextgov.com: Industry group meets to consider upgrading VA patient record system

October 14, 2009 A blue-chip group of information technology companies met on Wednesday to consider the work required to modernize a decades-old federal electronic health record system that stores the medical files for millions of veterans and their families, with the underlying implication the system could become a platform for the national health ...

Industry group meets to consider upgrading VA patient record system

October 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow VA CIO Roger Baker said he wants the group to leverage the VA's health records system for the "betterment of the country."Chris Flynn A blue-chip group of information technology companies met on Wednesday to consider the work required to modernize a decades-old federal electronic health record system that stores the ...

Petzel for Top Doc at VA

October 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow By default, it sure looks like Dr. Robert (Randy) Petzel, director of the Veterans Affairs Department's Midwest Health Care Network, has all but landed the job as VA's new undersecretary for health. The department had eyed three candidates for the job, Petzel; St. Louis hospital executive William Schoenhard; and Dr. ...

Congress guts Army's tactical radio program funding for fiscal 2010

October 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress slashed funding for the Army's tactical radio program and all but killed a program to build a command-and-control system modeled on commercial Web sites such as Travelocity. The Army had requested $90.2 million for its Joint Tactical Radio System in fiscal 2010, but Congress cut $55.2 million from the ...