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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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The Budget: A 'Scintillating' Read

May 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The fine print and programmatic details of President Obama's proposed fiscal 2010 budget runs 1,380 pages in an appendix, with each and every page worth a perusal, OMB director Peter Orszag told a press briefing this morning. Asked by a reporter to identify highlights in that heavyweight tome, Orzag declined ...

Future Combat Systems Minus Vehicles

May 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As expected, the Obama administration took a budget axe to the Army Future Combat Systems program. It chopped all of the project's eight manned ground vehicles from the program for a savings of $22.9 billion, according to the Terminations, Reductions and Savings section of the proposed fiscal 2010 federal budget ...

Veterans Affairs seeks 6 percent hike in IT spending for fiscal 2010

May 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, promised to use information technology to transform the department into a 21st century organization, and requested a more than 6 percent increase in its fiscal 2010 IT budget to meet that goal. VA asked for $3.4 billion for IT, up $205 million ...

Budget boosts spending on Defense communications

May 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department plans to spend $10.5 billion on command, control, communications and computer systems (C4) and $3.5 billion on communications satellite programs, according to the Obama administration's budget proposal released on Thursday. Defense did not provide comparable figures for C4 spending in fiscal 2009, but budget documents show the ...

Missed Buying an Enigma Machine

May 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I like serendipity when it happens -- especially when it concerns something as odd as the current head of the National Security Agency and the German World War II encryption device known as the "Enigma Machine." NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander testified on May 5 at a hearing of ...

NSA director calls for a cyberspace Monroe Doctrine

May 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The director of the National Security Agency said on Wednesday that the United States should develop a policy to protect cyberspace based on the nearly 200-year-old Monroe Doctrine, which declared that any effort to interfere with nations in the Western Hemisphere would be viewed as "dangerous to our peace and ...

VA Explains Vonapp Delays (Sort Of)

May 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department told me on Tuesday that delays veterans experienced in accessing the Veterans OnLine Application (Vonapp) Web site on May 1 resulted in part from a 10-fold increase in traffic to the site that day, the first day veterans could apply for a benefits under the post-9/11 ...

How's That Front End Tool Workin'?

May 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefit Administration has a mess of tech problems on its hands with the near collapse of its Veterans OnLine Application and an inability to handle documents that vets have to attach to their applications. VBA was supposed to complete testing on Monday of a key piece of a ...

From Nextgov.com: VA benefits system continues to encounter processing problems

May 4, 2009 An online benefits application Web site that the Veterans Affairs Department launched on May 1 continued to encounter problems on Monday after coming to a near halt on Friday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

VA benefits system continues to encounter processing problems

May 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An online benefits application Web site that the Veterans Affairs Department launched on May 1 continued to encounter problems on Monday after coming to a near halt on Friday. The department created the Veterans OnLine Application (Vonapp) site in response to the new GI bill, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance ...