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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 Army Got It Right

March 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. - Reporters are known as cynics and cranks (that's what my friends in the public affairs shops in the Pentagon tell me) so I'm going to run against the trend. The folks from the White Sands Missile Range, the New Mexico National Guard and the ...

In New Mexico desert, marchers honor Bataan survivors

March 30, 2009 White Sands Missile Range, N.M. -- More than 5,300 military marchers from all 50 states and eight countries turned out here Sunday for the 29th annual Bataan Memorial Death March. The event honors the 70,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war who were captured by the Japanese Army in World ...

One Tough Hike for Bataan

March 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I'm headed down to the White Sands Missile Range this weekend for the annual Bataan Memorial Death March, which commemorates the 1942 event in the Philippines when 10,000 U.S. and Filipino troops were literally marched to death by the Japanese Army en route to Prisoner of War camps. Another 10,000 ...

VA's health record system cited as model for a national network

March 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the more perplexing problems facing the Obama administration's pursuit of building a nationwide electronic health records system is the fact that hospitals and doctors can't share medical data seamlessly because the medical networks are incompatible. But many health officials say they might have found the solution at the ...

A Sneak Preview of an AHLTA Interface

March 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Military clinicians really hate the interface for the Defense Department's AHLTA (maybe not a noun) electronic health record system. Top Military Health Service officials told a hearing of the Joint Military Personnel and Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee on Mach 24 that they ...

The NGEN Feeding Frenzy Begins

March 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy will hold an Industry Day on March 31 to discuss how it plans to transition from the Navy Marine Corps Intranet run by EDS to its Next Generation Enterprise Network, a massive deal potentially worth as much as $10 billion. The Navy will hold the confab at the ...

AHLTA, Maybe Not a Noun

March 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., seems as confused as I am on how AHLTA, the name for the Defense Department's electronic health record system, has morphed from an acronym into a noun. When the Military Health System renamed its Composite Health Care System to AHLTA in 2005, it said AHLTA was ...

From Nextgov.com: Officials criticize Defense's 'unreliable' health record system

March 24, 2009 The Defense Department's top health officials on Tuesday lambasted the department's central electronic heath record system that manages patient files for millions of active duty and retired service members, saying it frustrates doctors because it crashes as often as once a week and generates duplicate records. Read the full story ...

Officials criticize Defense's 'unreliable' health record system

March 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department's top health officials lambasted the department's central electronic heath record system that manages patient files for millions of active duty and retired service members, saying it frustrates doctors because it crashes as often as once a week and generates duplicate records. The system, called AHLTA, has "vexing ...

Cyber Warriors Will Still Fill Sandbags

March 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I wrote a piece on Monday about an article in the spring 2009 issue of the IANewsletter, published by the Defense Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center. The article made some compelling arguments for the establishment of a fourth service to conduct cyberwarfare. The authors point out that the talents of ...