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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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A Real Hooah Airman

June 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Although "hooah" is an Army term not used by the Air Force, in the case of Tech. Sgt. Darrell DeMotta, an Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controller I had the pleasure to meet this week at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., the term definitely applies. JTACs are Air ...

AHLTA Contest Winner Is . . .

June 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Anonymous. Alas, I had singled out the best entry (actually two entries sent in by the same person) in the AHLTA definition contest, but the winner has chosen to remain anonymous. It seems person who submitted the entries fear that that the folks who run the Military Health System may ...

Doing the Innovation Thing at ASD/NII

June 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here in Whatsland we try to keep track of all the personnel changes at the office of the assistant secretary of Defense for networks and information integration (a.k.a. the chief information officer shop). I note that yesterday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates appointed Prabha Kumar, as the chief innovation and technology ...

With tight budgets, Air Force simulation center proves a cost saver

June 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- In an ordinary office building here, the Air Force Distributed Mission Operations Center runs sorties with all the realism of combat, but without burning one drop of jet fuel. Instead of taking to the air, pilots and aircrew strap themselves into simulators, located about ...

EDS' Failure to Wipe

June 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow EDS, which runs the Navy Marine Corps Intranet under a 10 year, $10 billon contract, serves about 650,000 folks. Users turn in, on an annual basis, about 120,000 old computers for new ones. The company failed to magnetically wipe (the technical term is degaussing) at least 12 hard drives containing ...

AHLTA Definition Contest Update

June 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last month I kicked off a contest for the best definition of AHLTA, the Defense Department's electronic health record system that used to stand for the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application. As loyal What's fans know, it turned out that in a bureaucratic assault on the English language, the ...

Targeting youth, Military Health System adds social networking tools

June 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Military Health System has added social networking tools including Twitter, MySpace and YouTube in a push to engage more of the individuals it serves -- the 18- to 24-year-olds who make up a large portion of the more than 1.4 million troops on active duty. MHS' health site is ...

VA/SPAWAR Deal: No SEWP

June 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department has an instruction in place that all information technology purchases go through the governmentwide Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP), managed by NASA. Evidently, that instruction does not apply to the work that the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) Atlantic performs for the VA IT ...

New GI Bill Ripoff

June 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the key tasks the VA IT shop has assigned to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center is the development of a claims processing system for the new GI Bill, formally known as the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act. VA's legacy systems that process veterans' benefits under ...

Kudos for fast VA Response

June 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I have complained in the past about my queries to the VA going into as black hole. No more, thanks to Katie Roberts, the new VA press secretary. I sent Roberts an e-mail yesterday morning telling her I anticipated the Inspector General would release the SPAWAR report at 2:30 p.m. ...