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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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AF's Global Strike Team Program

January 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A benevolent reader sent me the bench for the new Air Force Global Strike Command, which is headed up by Brig. Gen. James Kowalski and provisionally headquartered at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington:

Kolodner to Remain Health IT Chief

January 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Note from Executive Editor Allan Holmes: Nextgov Editor at Large Bob Brewin, who writes the Defense IT What's Brewin' weekly column, will soon begin to post daily items in a new blog on Nextgov.com. You can still receive the What's Brewin' newsletter every Monday, which will include the previous week's ...

New Defense CIO?

January 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I'm picking up strong signals that the Obama team is looking at retired Radm. Robert "Willie" Williamson to succeed John Grimes as assistant secretary of Defense for networks and information integration, the Pentagon's top gadget, gizmo, network and data guy. Williamson was one of a gaggle of flag officers who ...

From Nextgov.com: Defense Web portal not funded in fiscal 2010 budget

January 27, 2009 A Web portal that provides members of the military with e-mail, social networking and teleconferencing capabilities has not received funding in the Defense Department's fiscal 2010 budget. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Defense Web portal not funded in fiscal 2010 budget

January 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Web portal that provides members of the military with e-mail, social networking and teleconferencing capabilities has not received funding in the Defense Department's fiscal 2010 budget. A joint Defense steering group is working on a strategic plan to fund the Defense Knowledge Online Web portal in its 2010 budget, ...

Kolodner Still Health IT Chief

January 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dr. Rob Kolodner told me he will stay on as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a position he held under the Bush administration, in the new Obama administration. It will truly be a demanding job considering Obama's commitment to health IT. The House Ways and Means Committee approved ...

In, Out, In, and Back Out

January 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Paul Brubaker, who served as Defense deputy chief information officer in 2000 and most recently headed the Transportation Department's Research and Innovative Technology Administration, joined Cisco as director of the company's North American Public Sector, Internet Business Solutions Group on Jan 21. I hope Brubaker has some real good PowerPoint ...

What's Brewin: Baby Steps

January 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Because of security concerns, the Defense Department has taken a more cautious approach to the well-established Wi-Fi technology and its younger cousin, WiMax wireless systems, than the approach taken by home and commercial users. But the Army now looks like it has started a process that could lead to widespread ...

Air Force scales back ambitious satellite system, delays first launch

January 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force announced on Jan. 16 that it had dramatically scaled back an ambitious satellite system that would give the military the ability to transmit larger amounts of surveillance and intelligence information to soldiers on the battlefield more quickly. The $16 billion Transformational Communication Satellite system is not dead, ...

Defense, VA plan to have interoperable health records by September

January 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A high-level management committee from the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments said they plan to have interoperable health records by September as part of a program between the two departments to streamline information sharing, according to a report released last week. Defense and VA launched a health information sharing project ...