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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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A New VistA for AHLTA, Redux

February 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I'm picking up strong and high level signals that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki plans to push the Defense Department to use the VA's Veterans Health Information System and Technology Architecture (VistA) electronic health record system instead of the Military Health Systems Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA) system. ...

Official says Defense can save millions with in-house satellites

February 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department could save a total of $600 million from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2016 by shifting much of the traffic currently handled by commercial communications satellite operators to Wideband Global System satellites, a top Pentagon official told Nextgov. Commercial satellite operators disagreed, and said they can provide capacity ...

Casting the 'Net for a Replacement

February 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dr. S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, has used the Military Health Systems Web site both as a bully pulpit and a two-way communications tool with corpsmen, medics, doctors and nurses worldwide since he took the job April 2007. Now, Casscells is using the site to ...

Big IT projects for agencies tucked inside stimulus package

February 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the biggest winners among federal agencies in the mammoth economic stimulus bill President Obama signed on Tuesday is the State Department, which will receive $290 million to strengthen information security and modernize its networks. The 2009 American Recovery and Investment Act directed State to work with the U.S. ...

Actor Kilmer's Nasty Take on 'Nam Vets

February 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Val Kilmer -- the actor who has portrayed Jim Morrison in the movie "The Doors," Batman in "Batman Forever," Moses in "The Prince of Egypt," and a naval aviator in "Top Gun" -- now has his eyes on a new real life role, governor of New Mexico. Kilmer, who has ...

DISA Lands Ning CEO

February 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some folks may look at the Defense Information Systems Agency as the antithesis of techno-cool. But, it sure has latched on to a speaker for its Customer Care conference in April who embodies cutting edge social networking technology: Gina Bianchini, chief executive officer of Ning, a company she co-founded in ...

Mullen says Defense thumb-drive ban to remain in effect for now

February 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said last week the Defense Department's ban on thumb drives will not be lifted anytime soon. Adm. Mike Mullen, speaking to enlisted personnel of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., said the Defense ban on thumb drives and other removable ...

Forget the Exquisite Satellites

February 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's the message from the thinking man's Marine, General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who told a U.S. Chamber of Commerce confab in Washington yesterday that the Defense Department may lose its edge in space because of a policy that has led to slow development ...

Tallying Inaugural Cell Phone Traffic

February 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The best technologies are ones that work in the background and don't have to think about making them work. That approach applies to the National Communications System and its wired and wireless emergency communications systems, which withstood the test of Inauguration Day. Unofficial estimates put the crowd size on Jan. ...

Two Stars for Navy Networkers

February 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy has nominated Rear Adm. (lower half) Charles E. Smith for promotion to Rear Admiral (upper half) and promoted Rear Adm. Janice Hamby for the same boost in rank. Smith currently serves as a program executive officer for Navy Enterprise Information Systems and Hamby serves as director for Command ...