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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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An Embarrassing AHLTA Outage

April 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I've been picking up rumors that the Defense Department's AHLTA electronic health record system crashed last month at about the same time as top military medical officials detailed the poor reliability of the system at a joint hearing of two House Armed Services subcommittees. Rear Adm. Thomas Cullison, deputy Navy ...

From Nextgov.com: Obama backs joint VA-Defense electronic health records

April 9, 2009 President Obama put the power of his office behind development of a joint Defense-Veterans Affairs electronic health record system at a White House press briefing Thursday with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Obama backs joint VA-Defense electronic health records

April 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama, with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, said "It's time to give our veterans a 21st-century VA."GERALD HERBERT/AP President Obama put the power of his office behind development of a joint Defense-Veterans Affairs electronic health record system at a White House press briefing Thursday ...

VA Logo Upgrade On Schedule

April 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department may be eight years behind schedule and $167 million in the hole on developing a patient scheduling application, but an eagle-eyed reader points out that another initiative seems to be on schedule. Under the "Coming Soon" section of the MyHealtheVet Web page, VA tells its users, ...

$100M for Reactive Cyber Defense

April 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reactive defense of computer networks can run up a big tab in a short time, according to top Defense Department network officials. U.S. Strategic Command spent $100 million in six months in "after the fact" defense of Defense Department networks, Army Brig. Gen. John Davis, deputy commander of the Joint ...

Patient Scheduling Debacle Takes Down Exec

April 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dr. Michael Kussman, undersecretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, has resigned, effective in 30 days, well-placed sources have told me. Last month, Kussman wrote a memo detailing the near collapse of an eight-year, $167 million effort known as the Replacement Scheduling Application Development Program. Kussman said in the ...

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.