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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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Forget JTRS for FCS, Try WiMax

March 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office reported on March 12 that the wideband version of the Joint Tactical Radio System will not be ready to support the Army's $159 billion Future Combat System program until 2017 or 2018 -- that's two years after the service starts fielding all FCS vehicles, gadgets, and ...

Obama proposes terminating system that backs up GPS

March 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In his fiscal 2010 budget, President Obama killed funding for a system that would back up the much relied on Global Positioning System if it failed, despite calls from the telecom industry and federal agencies that it is needed. The Homeland Security Department budget zeroes out funding for the Long ...

From Nextgov.com: Obama proposes terminating the Loran system that backs up GPS

March 17, 2009 In his fiscal 2010 budget, President Obama killed funding for a system that would back up the much relied on Global Positioning System if it failed, despite calls from the telecom industry and federal agencies that it is needed. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

News Flash: Acquisition Workers Needed

March 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We all know that's not news, but it's good to get an annual reminder from the Government Accountability Office that there are too few people managing too many programs that cost too much. In his testimony to the House Armed Services Committee last week, Gene Dodaro, acting comptroller general, said ...

Army Bites GAO Back On FCS

March 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office added another $21 billion to the price tag of the Army's Future Combat Systems program, which currently stands at $159 billion, in a report released on Thursday. The Army fired back in press call on Friday with a squad of two and three star generals. FCS, ...

Defense profits from tech advances, falling telecom prices

March 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A steep drop in the cost of bandwidth, more undersea cables and stiff competition among telecommunications carriers drove down the cost of a network to serve military commands in the Pacific by more than 37 percent. Verizon Business Network Services won the 10-year Defense Information Systems Network Transmission Services-Pacific II ...

Pinnipeds, Tattoo Removal and Neurofeedback

March 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's just some of the items funded by more than 8,000 earmarks worth just short of $8 billion in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which President Obama signed on Wednesday. Pork projects funded in the bill - and you really should listen to "I am the Walrus" by the Beatles ...

VistA, 'Gold Standard' of EHRs

March 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's what Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, told a House VA committee hearing on Tuesday. So, if this is the view of the boss, why, oh why, is VA so intent on ripping out the Gold Standard Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) electronic health ...

Defense, VA to launch shared e-record system

March 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments have started work on a uniform registration system that will enroll all service members in the VA upon entry into the military, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing this week. Shinseki said the system will rely on a ...

Verizon to Light it Up

March 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency awarded a $2.5 billion contract to Verizon Business Network Services on Monday to provide communications services for military and other federal agencies in the Pacific region. I asked Marlin Forbes, regional vice president for Verizon's Federal Defense and International Services division, what kind of high-speed ...