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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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...

Homeless Vet Needs Web Design Job

November 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sometimes I have one of those human encounters that takes my breath away. I had just one of those encounters on Nov. 3 when I met Erick Gonzalez, a former Navy corpsman who served two tours with the Marines in Iraq. He now calls his car home. I met Gonzalez...

It's Getting Crowded Up There

November 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S.. Strategic Command oversees a lot of operations and assets, including the country's nuclear strike force, missile defense, satellites and cyberspace operations. But the STRATCOM commander views a midspace collision of two satellites this February as the "seminal event" of the year. So what? Space is a big place,...

Mullen on Social Network, Flash Drives

November 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Adm. Mike Mullen told me that the Defense Department is in the process of modifying its bans on the use of social networks and flash drives during a brief conversation at a Government Executive Leadership Breakfast at the National Press Club on Wednesday. But he did not give me a...

A Virtual World for Amputees

November 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three virtual reality companies have started to develop an online world for amputees with funding from the Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center. The Amputee Virtual Environment Support Space (AVESS) project will research the needs of soldiers who suffered wounds that resulted in amputation and establish protocols and prototypes...

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