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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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VA secretary nominee says he will automate Veterans Affairs

January 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Barack Obama's choice to head the Veterans Affairs Department vowed during his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday to transform the sprawling agency into a 21st century organization that relies heavily on automated processes. Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, a former Army chief of staff, also told the panel that he ...

IT firm taps former intelligence official for new cybersecurity arm

January 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Contractor Harris Corp. has hired a former top technology official from the intelligence community to be vice president and general manager of its new cyber information and assurance business, a move one observer said underscores increasing attention to information security. Dale Meyerrose, who retired as chief information officer for the ...

Report says medical equipment is vulnerable to terrorists

January 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Terrorists could seize medical equipment that use radioactive isotopes and build dirty bombs that could blanket an area the size of Manhattan, warned a new report from the Defense Science Board. The board, made up of approximately 40 civilian members who advise the Pentagon on scientific and technical matters, recommended ...

Report says medical equipment is vulnerable to terrorists

January 12, 2009 Terrorists could seize medical equipment that use radioactive isotopes and build dirty bombs that could blanket an area the size of Manhattan, warned a new report from the Defense Science Board. The board, made up of approximately 40 civilian members who advise the Pentagon on scientific and technical matters, recommended ...

What's Brewin: $355 million for GI bill claims system?

January 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's one conclusion that could be drawn from a planning meeting that the Space and Naval Warfare System Command held in December to discuss building a network to process claims for educational benefits that veterans will file under the new GI bill. The Veterans Affairs Department tapped SPAWAR to develop ...

Series of firms win Defense contracts to provide new RFID technology

December 23, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of firms has won contracts worth a total of $428 million to provide active radio frequency identification technology tags, readers, systems and services to the Defense Department in a procurement designed to bring competition to a field long dominated by a subsidiary of contracting giant Lockheed Martin Corp. ...

Defense should stop buying obsolete radios

December 22, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two defense science boards called for the Pentagon to restrict the purchase of radios that are not part of a program developing an advanced radio that all four services will use to communicate, according to a joint report released on Dec. 15. In a report released on Dec. 15, the ...

What's Brewin: Lest We Forget

December 19, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As we dig into our holiday turkey or ham in the comfort of home and hearth, it would be a good idea time to pause to remember those who serve far from home and comfort. On Christmas Day, as Americans from Maine to Hawaii open a cornucopia of presents surrounded ...

New director sworn in at Defense information agency

December 18, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Army Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett officially took command of the Defense Information Systems Agency on Wednesday during a ceremony at Fort Myer, Va. The position had been vacant since June, when Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles Croom retired and the Senate rejected the nomination of Navy Rear Adm. Elizabeth ...

Boards urge immediate deployment of advanced satellites

December 18, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A joint report released on Monday strongly urged the Defense Department to fully fund and deploy as soon as possible a $16 billion advanced satellite system that would give the military the ability to transmit larger amounts of surveillance and intelligence information at a much faster rate. The Transformational Communication ...