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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: Varied questions drawn from troops in virtual town hall meetings

September 2, 2009 President Obama, Defense Secretary William Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen launched Internet meetings last month to field questions from troops and the public. Their responses differed in numbers, tone and tenor, ranging from the thoughtful to the profane. Read the full story on ...

NATO Wants to Go Virtual

September 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Allied Command Transformation, which does the change thing for NATO, has a request for proposals on the street to build a virtual headquarters to run operations in Asia. ACT, based in Norfolk, Va., and the only NATO command outside Europe, also wants a virtual replication of its stateside headquarters based ...

Veterans suffering from PTSD can visit virtual Chicoma Island for help

September 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow View slideshow of veteran visiting Chicoma Lodge in Second Life. Combat veterans rarely talk about their most searing hidden emotions and thoughts caused by their experiences in battle, a reticence that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. The Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California in Los ...

Defense Does Speak a Separate Language

August 31, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Quite often, when I read an acronym-laden Defense Department document I am convinced that folks in the military speak a language that bears only a passing resemblance to English. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which would like to tap into the military's experience with trauma care, finds Defense-speak ...

IG Slams VA IT Shop - Again

August 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department lack of in-house expertise to support, manage and execute complex information technology projects contributed to the near collapse of the department's efforts to develop a new replacement patient scheduling application at a cost of $167 million over eight years, the VA Inspector General said in a ...

IG: VA has widespread problems with management of IT projects

August 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department faces systemic problems in managing and executing complex information technology projects, according to a new report from the VA inspector general. The report focused on the failure of one key project, a $167 million program to develop a patient scheduling system for VA hospitals, begun in ...

Paper-Based Records Interchange?

August 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Based on an internal briefing from early this summer which made its way to my inbox, it looks like the Defense Department is scanning a large heap of medical records so the Veterans Affairs Department can access them. On the other hand, the Military Entrance Processing Command has kicked off ...

DISA Director As Cyber Deputy?

August 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I'm picking up medium strength signals that the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency - currently Army Lt. Gen. Carroll Pollett - will serve as the deputy director of the new U.S. Cyber Command, which goes into business on Oct. 1. This makes sense as the DISA director already ...

Student Vets Launch GI Bill Survey

August 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Student Veterans of America has launched an online survey to help it determine whether veterans have received benefits under the new GI Bill on time. The Washington-based SVA , which includes a coalition of veterans groups on campuses across the country, says it decided to conduct the survey as ...

The Three Star Navy Cyber Command

August 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I hear that the Chief of Naval Operations will sign off on creation of a new Fleet Cyber Command by the end of this month, and it will have a three star boss. The Air Force and Army cyberwar outfits only have two star commanders. This means the Navy may ...