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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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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 ...

DISA awards $2.5 billion Pacific communications pact to Verizon

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. Under the 10-year pact, called the Defense Information Systems Network transmission services-Pacific II contract, Verizon will provide a range ...

IT receives slight budget increases, some cuts in omnibus bill

March 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The $410 billion omnibus appropriations bill the Senate considered on Tuesday would provide modest boosts for key information technology programs in agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, Food and Drug Administration, and Federal Aviation Administration. The bill incorporates nine spending bills Congress did not pass last year and would ...

From Nextgov.com: IT receives slight budget increases, some cuts in omnibus bill

March 10, 2009 The $410 billion omnibus appropriations bill the Senate considered on Tuesday would provide modest boosts for key information technology programs in agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, Food and Drug Administration, and Federal Aviation Administration. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Honoring Fallen Docs

March 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Those of us who have served in combat know there is no more essential member of a field unit than a corpsman or medic, who at the risk of his or her own life, answers without hesitation the call of "Medic Up" or "Corpsman Up." So, it's fitting that on ...

SO-A What

March 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow John Burrow, deputy commander of the Marine Corps Systems Command, may have put the brakes on the continued proliferation of the buzz phrase de jour: Service-Oriented Architecture, better known as SOA. Speaking at the Naval IT Day conference on March 4, Burrow told an audience packed with vendors to detail ...