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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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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 ...

Pentagon should establish fourth military service to wage cyberwars

March 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States, engaged in a cyberspace Cold War in which government networks are under constant attack, must establish a fourth military service to conduct cyberwarfare, according to an article in the most recent issue of a Defense newsletter. Defense Department computer networks are hit by cyberattacks hundreds of times ...

No Bonuses for Field Docs

March 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As far as I can determine the reason the taxpayers - that's you and I - have to fund $165 million in bonuses for employees of AIG Financial Products is they came up with the ideas a few years back to create trillions of dollars worth of arcane and cockamamie ...

'AHLTA is Intolerable'

March 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's the title of the hearing that the House Armed Service Committee's subcommittee on Joint Military Personnel and Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities plans to hold on March 24. It will be on the Defense Department's AHLTA (remember, not an acronym) electronic health record system. The subtitle of the hearing ...

Casscells Plans to Leave In April

March 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I've learned that Casscells, who told me a year ago that Military Health System clinicians found AHLTA "intolerable" plans to end his tour as the Defense "Top Doc" at the end of April. His departure date, I'm told, still needs approval by top Defense managers. This will leave Washington with ...

Defense urged to develop a weapon to disable foreign satellites

March 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States should begin to develop ways to attack foreign-operated satellites because nations such as China are pursuing weapons that can disable or destroy space-based systems, a consultant to the Council on Foreign Relations told a House panel on Wednesday. China demonstrated in 2007 an ability to shoot down ...

From Nextgov.com: Defense urged to develop a weapon to disable foreign satellites

March 19, 2009 The United States should begin to develop ways to attack foreign-operated satellites because nations such as China are pursuing weapons that can disable or destroy space-based systems, a consultant to the Council on Foreign Relations told a House panel on Wednesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Platoon Of Generals Take the Hill

March 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's just under 20 generals from all four services testifying on Capitol Hill today, according to a handy list put out by the Defense Department press shop, along with a handful of assistant or under secretaries, which put the number of top Defense managers on the Hill today well above ...

Delay of weather satellite launch causes concern about future forecasts

March 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has pushed back the launch date for the first of several satellites that will provide better long-range weather forecasting, increasing the chance the agency will not be able to replace in time aging satellites it now uses to forecast weather. NOAA says it plans ...