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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 Rise of the Cyber Warriors

April 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Secretary of Defense Robert Gates today proposed slashing funding for big-ticket weapons systems in the 2010 Defense budget, including the Air Force's F-22 fighter, next-generation cruisers and vehicles used in the Army's Future Combat Systems program. But he backed training for cadres of cyber warriors. "To improve cyberspace capabilities, we ...

Adopting e-health records could cost more than anticipated

April 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chicago -- Doctors and hospitals could receive as much as $39 billion in economic stimulus funds during the next five years to acquire electronic health record systems, a top Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society official said on the opening day of the organization's four-day conference here. Though the Recovery ...

Bad Budget News for FCS?

April 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Budget Committee squirreled away $2.37 billion in the $3.5 trillion fiscal 2010 federal budget for the next generation Air Force aerial refueling tanker -- the only Defense Department project that the Senate allocated a separate funding line to in the entire bill. The money for the tanker is ...

From Nextgov.com: Congress funds Defense acquisition reforms in fiscal 2010 budget

April 3, 2009 The House and Senate passed a $3.5 trillion fiscal 2010 federal budget on Thursday, in which they called for major acquisition reforms to rein in Defense Department spending and a $500 million fund to bolster the acquisition workforce. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Congress funds Defense acquisition reforms in fiscal 2010 budget

April 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House and Senate passed a $3.5 trillion fiscal 2010 federal budget on Thursday, in which they called for major acquisition reforms to rein in Defense Department spending and a $500 million fund to bolster the acquisition workforce. Both chambers endorsed the Obama administration's effort to make acquisition reform a ...

Qwest Network Up for Grabs?

April 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Qwest wants to sell its long-distance network, which the company uses to carry traffic for its traffic for the General Services Administration's Networx contract and for the Defense Department. The Journal reported that Qwest, which has a debt load of $14 billion, ...

From Nextgov.com: Eight years in the making, VA patient scheduling system founders

April 2, 2009 Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Eric Shinseki launched a review of the department's information technology programs on March 23, focusing on the $167 million patient scheduling program, which has failed to deliver a usable system after eight years in development, NextGov has learned. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Eight years in the making, VA patient scheduling system founders

April 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Eric Shinseki launched a review of the department's information technology programs on March 23, focusing on the $167 million patient scheduling program, which has failed to deliver a usable system after eight years in development, NextGov has learned. Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., chairman of the House ...

Nuke Simulation on the 'Net?

April 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Because the United Sates no longer sets off nuclear bombs to test their powers (it's not environmentally green at all), the National Nuclear Security Administration uses supercomputers at its national laboratories to simulate a really big bang. This is one of the most highly classified activities in the country, but ...

VA IT Problems: How Many More?

March 31, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I reported today on the suspension of a botched, eight-year effort to develop a new patient appointment scheduling application at the Veterans Affairs Department, and I have a hunch that is just one of potentially many VA IT projects in real trouble. That hunch is based on the last page ...