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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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 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

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...

VA Gets Real, Suspends 45 IT Projects

July 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department on Friday said it halted development of 45 information technology projects that were behind schedule or over budget, with Secretary Eric Shinseki personally making the announcement. Shinseki, who promised to leverage technology to develop a 21st century VA during his confirmation hearing in January, said he...

How Many Computer Centers?

July 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The answer to that question may be 13, the number of computer centers operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency and none run by the Army, Navy or Air Force. That's the take of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which chopped $75 million each from the computing budget of the...

What is Defense-VA Interoperability?

July 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will achieve full interoperability of electronic health records by Sept. 30, Rear Admiral Gregory Timberlake, acting director of the Defense and VA interagency program office, told a House VA Committee hearing on Tuesday. Timberlake, testifying before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the...

VA's Flexibility Over GI Bill Choices

July 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This month I cautioned veterans to carefully weigh benefits available under the new post 9/11 GI bill and the older Montgomery GI bill, even though the package of benefits under the new bill, in most cases, provides a better financial deal than the old one. But not always, as an...

Infighting Tanks Yet Another Project

July 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Armed Services Committee directed the Defense Department to terminate a new command and control system modeled on commercial Web sites such as Travelocity due to unwillingness of the services to agree on a centrally managed system. The committee, in its report on the 2010 Defense Authorization Bill said...

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