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 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

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...

Mea Culpa

March 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week in my item on the Military Health Systems ceremony to honor fallen docs, I said ABC anchor Bob Woodruff, wounded in Iraq, recovered at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. I was, of course, wrong. Woodruff recovered at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Forget JTRS for FCS, Try WiMax

March 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office reported on March 12 that the wideband version of the Joint Tactical Radio System will not be ready to support the Army's $159 billion Future Combat System program until 2017 or 2018 -- that's two years after the service starts fielding all FCS vehicles, gadgets, and...

Obama proposes terminating system that backs up GPS

March 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In his fiscal 2010 budget, President Obama killed funding for a system that would back up the much relied on Global Positioning System if it failed, despite calls from the telecom industry and federal agencies that it is needed. The Homeland Security Department budget zeroes out funding for the Long...

From Obama proposes terminating the Loran system that backs up GPS

March 17, 2009 In his fiscal 2010 budget, President Obama killed funding for a system that would back up the much relied on Global Positioning System if it failed, despite calls from the telecom industry and federal agencies that it is needed. Read the full story on

News Flash: Acquisition Workers Needed

March 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We all know that's not news, but it's good to get an annual reminder from the Government Accountability Office that there are too few people managing too many programs that cost too much. In his testimony to the House Armed Services Committee last week, Gene Dodaro, acting comptroller general, said...

Army Bites GAO Back On FCS

March 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office added another $21 billion to the price tag of the Army's Future Combat Systems program, which currently stands at $159 billion, in a report released on Thursday. The Army fired back in press call on Friday with a squad of two and three star generals. FCS,...

Defense profits from tech advances, falling telecom prices

March 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A steep drop in the cost of bandwidth, more undersea cables and stiff competition among telecommunications carriers drove down the cost of a network to serve military commands in the Pacific by more than 37 percent. Verizon Business Network Services won the 10-year Defense Information Systems Network Transmission Services-Pacific II...

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