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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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Startup looks to provide Defense with quick-launch satellites

July 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A startup satellite company founded by former top Pentagon space officials and the head of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s space business, plans to develop communications satellites aimed to meet the Defense Department's requirement to launch put satellites into orbit in 60 days, rather than the years the department now takes developing ...

Vets: Choose Your GI Bill Carefully

July 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In many cases, the new GI bill, called the 2008 Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, offers a better deal than its predecessor, the Montgomery GI bill. But not always. Post 9/11 vets attending school full time who need tuition and housing assistance will probably reap richer benefits under the new ...

Travelocity for Command and Control

July 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three companies -- FGM Inc., Booz-Allen Hamilton and SAIC -- won contracts on Wednesday to provide systems engineering support to the Defense Information Systems Agency for development of the Defense Department's new command and control system Net-Enabled Command Capability. NECC, which will replace the current Global Command and Control System, ...

The Zimbabwe Connection

July 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office usually does a good job in exposing flaws in Defense Department information technology systems, but in its report on the Defense Travel System released on Tuesday, the GAO decided to pick some really weird nits. DTS is supposed to display flights to overseas destinations in accordance ...

From Nextgov.com: Army to overhaul modernization strategy by the fall

July 1, 2009 Top Army officials on Wednesday said they were concerned they will not get adequate support from lawmakers and Pentagon leaders as they retool the service's battlefield modernization program. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Army to overhaul modernization strategy by the fall

July 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Top Army officials on Wednesday said they were concerned they will not get adequate support from lawmakers and Pentagon leaders as they retool the service's battlefield modernization program. The Army has requested $2.9 billion in funding for its modernization program in fiscal 2010, but during a press conference, Lt. Gen. ...

Who's Holding the Bag for Sats?

June 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Appropriations Committee eliminated the requirement that the Defense Department fund half the cost of the new National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) in its version of the Commerce Department's fiscal 2010 appropriations bill passed on June 25. Defense, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA have ...

The Reform Thing's Catching On

June 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a familiar refrain, a top military leader on June 26 said, "We should fashion our military structure not for the wars of the last century, but for the real wars of today." This sure sounds like something straight from either Defense Secretary Robert Gates or Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman ...

Poetry, radio and Web 2.0 tools part of the battle in Afghanistan

June 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rear Adm. Greg Smith, the strategic communications director for NATO and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, knows how he can help that nation's government communicate better with its citizens: poetry, FM radio and Web 2.0 technologies. Smith, a career Navy public affairs officer, said in a phone interview from Kabul with ...

Cost of Selling 'Net Monitoring to Iran

June 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the case of Siemens Medical, the answer comes out to at least $267 million, the value of the three-year contract the Defense Department awarded the company in March for radiology systems. That contract, as well as a whole mess of other business Siemens Medical does with the federal government, ...