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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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From Nextgov.com: Defense asks industry for help to cut its communications cord

November 18, 2009 At a time when even children have one, if not two, wireless gadgets, soldiers in armored vehicles still communicate the old-fashioned way: through headsets mounted on their helmets and connected by a cord to an intercom system on their tanks or personnel carriers. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

GPS-Equipped Critters Map Sea

November 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I consider GPS, along with the Internet, the Defense Department's two greatest gifts to the planet, and I continue to be amazed at the uses folks way outside Defense find for it. That includes a project by the Wildlife Conservation Society to map South America's Patagonian Sea. The wildlife group, ...

The Checks Aren't in the Mail

November 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, when we celebrated Veterans Day, I heard from student veterans at Boston College, George Mason University and George Washington University that they had not yet received their post-9/11 GI bill stipend checks from the Veterans Affairs Department. No stipend checks means no cash for rent or food, these ...

Army Afghanistan Tele-Shrinks

November 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army has added about 2,700 behavioral health specialists to treat combat stress during the past two years, with just under 300 deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. But, providing soldiers face-to-face access with psychologists or psychiatrists in Afghanistan remains a challenge due to terrain and the widely dispersed Army forces ...

Army combat stress is up Afghanistan, down in Iraq

November 13, 2009 Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan reported more combat stress this year, while troops in Iraq reported a decrease, according to mental health reports released by the Army on Friday. The findings reflect the increased intensity of combat in Afghanistan, and less fighting in Iraq, said Lt. Col. Paul Bliese, an Army ...

10 Security Tips for Cyber Wingmen

November 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Everyone who wears Air Force blue has a role in defending cyberspace, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said in a service wide message. "We must all conduct ourselves as Cyber Wingmen, recognizing that our actions and activities on the network affect every other airman and impact our ...

Memories for Remembrance Day

November 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I have always preferred Remembrance Day as a better name for the Nov. 11 holiday than Veterans Day, as the former requires me to pause, think and reflect on those who served and still serve. Still celebrated in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion, ...

Google makes one-call program available to military support group

November 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google launched a one-number calling program on Wednesday for military families who belong to a social networking support site. Google has provided its Google Voice program to members of the Blue Star Families support organization. Google Voice will allow deployed troops to keep in touch with family members by using ...

Those Who Serve

November 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FSOs in Afghanistan Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and it's fitting to pause and honor those who have answered the nation's call for service. Those who serve include not only the men and women in uniform, but State Department folks such as my friend of nearly 30 years Abigail Friedman, a ...

Job Offers from the Heart

November 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last Friday, I asked your help in finding a Web design job for Erick Gonzalez, a former Navy corpsman who served two tours with the Marines in Iraq who ended up homeless in Washington, one of the 130,000 homeless veterans nationwide. So far, five folks have responded, two with what ...