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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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Nuclear agency debuts highly secure network

May 1, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Nuclear Security Administration on Wednesday turned on a $60 million network linking its nuclear production facilities, site offices at national laboratories and the agency's headquarters. Comment on this article in The Forum.The network will provide both enhanced security and a dramatic increase in bandwidth, according to Linda Wilbanks, ...

What's Brewin: A suicide tracking system for VA?

April 25, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That would seem like a really good idea after news broke last week that nearly 1,000 troops a month have attempted suicide after returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to internal VA e-mails, even though the department publicly acknowledged only 790 suicide attempts in all of 2007. Comment ...

House chairman slams FDA chief over inspections of foreign drug facilities

April 23, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The chairman of a House oversight committee excoriated the head of the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for failing to ask for enough funds to conduct inspections of foreign drug manufacturing plants, including a Chinese facility that made a contaminated blood thinner that killed dozens of Americans. Comment on ...

New Air Force satellites protect, improve space-based communications

April 21, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force launched two programs last week that it hopes will protect and greatly improve satellite communications for civilian and military use. Comment on this article in The Forum.On April 16, the Air Force launched a satellite carrying instruments that, among other things, can measure disturbances, called scintillations, in ...

New Air Force satellites protect, improve space-based communications

April 21, 2008 The Air Force launched two programs last week that it hopes will protect and greatly improve satellite communications for civilian and military use. On April 16, the Air Force launched a satellite carrying instruments that, among other things, can measure disturbances, called scintillations, in the Earth's ionosphere. The scintillations can ...

What's Brewin: Building a deep leadership bench

April 18, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Baby boomers who populate the top federal management ranks have started to retire, and to fill the leadership gap the Army's Office of the Chief Information Officer kicked off a unique program in 2001 to ensure that it has new leaders ready to step in. It's called the Army Knowledge ...

Nation faces billions in long-term care costs for wounded troops

April 18, 2008 The United States must prepare to provide lifetime care for troops severely wounded in combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Navy's top doctor warned this week. And an independent study released on Thursday concluded that the country also faces a steep mental health care bill for dealing with combat ...

Top military doctors say six- to nine-month combat tours would reduce stress

April 17, 2008 The surgeon generals of the Army, Navy and Air Force told senators on Wednesday that the optimal tour in Afghanistan and Iraq to reduce combat stress should be six to nine months with 18 months at home, far shorter than the cut in tours from 15 to 12 months ordered ...

Caution needed for new software process for travel system, says Defense official

April 16, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top Pentagon official overseeing the development of the troubled Defense Travel System indicated Wednesday that he would take a cautious approach to using a relatively new software development process despite recommendations from other Defense executives to rely on it. Comment on this article in The Forum.At issue is service-oriented ...

VA in midst of huge project to rewrite regulations in plain language

April 15, 2008 The Veterans Affairs Department is engaged in a massive project to rewrite benefit claims regulations using plain language with the goal to make them clearer and more consistent. For example, VA used its plain language policy on April 12, when it issued a proposed rule for claims dealing with disability ...