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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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From Nextgov.com: Defense's 'top doc' and e-record proponent makes his last rounds

April 30, 2009 When Dr. S. Ward Casscells took over as assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in April 2007, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told him that his No. 1 priority was to fix the highly publicized problems that plagued Walter Reed Army Medical Center, including soldiers recuperating in dilapidated rooms and ...

Defense's 'top doc' and e-record proponent makes his last rounds

April 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow View slideshow of Dr. S. Ward Casscells making his final rounds. When Dr. S. Ward Casscells took over as assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in April 2007, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told him that his No. 1 priority was to fix the highly publicized problems that plagued Walter ...

Honorary Pest?

April 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Tuesday night, as I watched more than a squad of high-ranking folks called to the stage for induction into the Military Health Systems Honors Society, which was held during the farewell dinner for S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Arlington, ...

Big-Time Broadband For Afghan

April 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama plans to send 17,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan this year, boosting total U.S. forces in that country to more than 40,000. Other NATO countries, primarily the United Kingdom, have sent about another 20,000 troops. All those troops -- and their gadgets and gizmos, including bandwidth hungry unmanned ...

Fighting Swine Flu Online

April 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department declared a public health emergency on Sunday due to a limited outbreak of swine flu in California, Kansas, Ohio, Texas and New York, as well as Canada and New Mexico. Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Homeland Security Department, said at a White House Press ...

The Soviet Encyclopedia, AHLTA Style

April 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I've been poking around for a couple of weeks on a story that, in 2001, the Naval Medical Center in San Diego had developed a low-cost way to integrate the Defense Department's Composite Health Care System (now called AHLTA, maybe not a noun) and the Veterans Affairs Department's electronic health ...

From Nextgov.com: Defense investigators raid health imaging contractor's offices

April 24, 2009 A Defense Department investigative team searched the offices of a health imaging company on Thursday that last month won a $267 million contract to supply the department with radiology systems and components. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Defense investigators raid health imaging contractor's offices

April 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Siemens offered better discounts for medical scanning equipment to commercial customers than it did for federal customers, according to court documents.Bobby Yip/Reuters/Landov A Defense Department investigative team searched the offices of a health imaging company on Thursday that last month won a $267 million contract to supply the department with ...

A Galaxy of Cyber Four Stars?

April 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's what the Defense Science Board recommended in its report, "Creating An Assured Joint DoD and Interagency Interoperable Net-Centric Enterprise," which it released this month. Networks, information systems and Defense-wide interoperability are so important that "high level four star leaders that are knowledgeable on net-centric issues are needed in each ...

Decentralized Defense networks open to cyberattacks, report says

April 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department is ill-equipped to defend itself against cyberattacks because it lacks centrally managed networks and information systems capable of responding to those threats, the Defense Science Board said in a report released in April. The Air Force, Army and Navy develop and run their own networks and information ...