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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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CTO Levin to Do VA's Tech Vision Thing

June 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department has hired Peter Levin, a White House fellow in the Clinton administration, as its new chief technology officer in the office of the secretary and senior advisor to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Press Secretary Katie Roberts told me. Roberts said Levin -- a tech whiz who ...

Ondra Not a candidate for VA Post

June 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Monday I suggested that Dr. Stephen Ondra, an Army Gulf War vet who is a professor of neurological surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, had the inside track for appointment as under secretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration. Not so, said ...

From Nextgov.com: VA says it's on schedule to process new education claims on time

June 25, 2009 When Congress passed a bill expanding veterans benefits to include generous tuition and cost-of-living payments, veterans groups and critics worried the Veterans Affairs Department didn't have time to build a computer system to process the applications. But VA is processing claims faster than it receives them thanks to new information ...

VA says it's on schedule to process new education claims on time

June 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Congress passed a bill expanding veterans benefits to include generous tuition and cost-of-living payments, veterans groups and critics worried the Veterans Affairs Department didn't have time to build a computer system to process the applications. But VA is processing claims faster than it receives them thanks to new information ...

So Much for Low Key Cyber Approach

June 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some of my military public affairs contacts tell me that the Pentagon really, really wanted to take a low-key approach to the establishment of a new Cyber Command. That strategy failed when a memo from Defense Secretary Robert Gates was leaked to about every news outlet on the planet, but ...

Recognizing the Lionesses

June 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since the United States started operations in Iraq, a small group of military women, known as Lionesses, has provided support to combat units, and the House Armed Services Committee thinks its time they received recognition and support from both the Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Department. The Lionesses were ...

Cyber Command creation leaves key details to be addressed

June 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Secretary Robert Gates' memo Tuesday creating a Cyber Command sets high-level policy goals, but leaves key budget and operational issues to be worked out in the coming months. As expected, Gates announced the creation of Cyber Command under U.S. Strategic Command on Tuesday. It will be headed by Lt. ...

From Nextgov.com: Cyber Command creation leaves key details to be addressed

June 24, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert Gates' memo Tuesday creating a Cyber Command sets high-level policy goals, but leaves key budget and operational issues to be worked out in the coming months. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Vet Edges Closer to Top VA Health Job

June 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In April, I reported that Dr. Stephen Ondra, professor of neurological surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, had emerged as the likely candidate for under secretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration. Ondra, an Army Gulf War vet who did his residency at ...

Defense announces new modernization program in wake of FCS

June 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ashton Carter, Defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, issued an acquisition memorandum on Tuesday, announcing the Army's new modernization program, which will focus on developing and fielding a battlefield network and unmanned air and ground vehicles. The modernization plan, in development since earlier this year when the Defense Department ...