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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: Employee charges Military Health Systems was unethical in awarding IT contract

July 28, 2009 The Military Health System has engaged in unethical contracting with a technology company that is developing one of government's most complex and high-profile computer networks, an electronic health record system that eventually will exchange information with the Veterans Affairs Department, internal e-mails sent within the Army Medical Command and the ...

The $1.2 billion Health SOA

July 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's how much funding the House Appropriations Committee estimated the Military Health System will need in the next two years to develop a Services Oriented Architecture to create interoperability between the electronic health record systems operated by the Defense Department and the one maintained by the Veterans Affairs Department. The ...

House pushes Defense to change comm network in Afghanistan

July 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Appropriations Committee asked the Defense Department to speed up development of a fiber-optic telecommunications network in Afghanistan and withheld $20 million from its fiscal 2010 budget as an incentive. The House Appropriations Committee, in its report released on July 24 in conjunction with the fiscal 2010 Defense appropriations ...

Interesting Gizmos, Great Soldiers

July 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I spent a couple of days last week at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico metaphorically kicking the tires on the new high-tech gadgets and gizmos the Army plans to field to seven infantry brigades starting in 2011. I came away from the trip -- as I always ...

Defense Comms: The House Giveth

July 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Appropriations Committee approved a budget for the high-powered Wideband Global Satcom System in fiscal 2010 of $626.7 million in its version of next year's appropriations bill, an increase of $425 million from the president's requested budget. There are two wideband global satcom satellites in orbit today, each capable ...

An Invite from the Prez

July 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama has a much busier schedule than I, but he still managed to send me a personal invitation to watch his press conference at 8 p.m. tonight on the need to pass comprehensive health care reform legislation. Yeah, I know at least a squad of White House minions ...

VistA iPhone Apps

July 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's the approach Veterans Affairs Department Chief Information Officer Roger Baker told me he plans go take in fixing the problem information technology projects halted by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki on Friday. While some of the suspended projects are years behind schedule -- such as the Pharmacy Re-Engineering program -- ...

Army tests weapons systems geared to the 20-something video gamer

July 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White Sands Missile Range, N.M. -- Inside a mock village on the southwest edge of the 3,200-square-mile White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the Army tests combat systems that can trace their origins to the Roomba vacuum cleaner and the X-Box video game. Spec. Ronald Wagle is a 23-year-old ...

From Nextgov.com: Army tests weapons systems geared to the 20-something video gamer

July 21, 2009 White Sands Missile Range, N.M. -- Inside a mock village on the southwest edge of the 3,200-square-mile White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the Army tests combat systems that can trace their origins to the Roomba vacuum cleaner and the X-Box video game. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Leadership Still Trumps Digits

July 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Maj. Gen. James Terry, director of the Army future forces integration directorate, standing in front of a hill at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., which I'm willing to take if properly motivated. I spent a couple of days last week hanging out with the Army Evaluation Task Force at White ...