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 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

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,...

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...

From 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...

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...

No More 'i' This and '2.0' That

October 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In Australia, Vegemite, a dark brown sandwich spread with a salty and bitter taste made from used brewers yeast extract, has an iconic status and brand recognition that any company would lust after. It's loved by Aussies with the kind of passion they have for rugby. This summer, Kraft, which...

A Transition Council - That's the Ticket

October 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department has spent almost $1 billion to develop as new personnel and pay system called the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System, or DIMHRS. And what has it got? Bubkes, said Congress in its final version of the fiscal 2010 Defense authorization act, which a Senate-House conference approved...

Hill outlines new acquisition IT practices for Defense

October 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress directed the Defense Department to improve its acquisition process for information technology systems by requiring more involvement from end users and incremental software development. The final version of the fiscal 2010 Defense authorization act, which a Senate and House conference committee approved on Wednesday, also asked the department to...

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