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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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First Class Give-Away OK

December 21, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In my last (modestly named) “What’s Brewin” column, I suggested a way to honor the troops this season: Anyone lucky enough to fly in one of those big, cushy first-class seats should think about giving it up to someone in uniform â€" especially troops wearing their desert fatigues and on ...

Congress slashes Defense health supplemental funding request

December 20, 2007 Editor's Note: The article below was based on the incorrect assumption that the funding for military health care included in the omnibus spending measure represented the full amount the Military Health System would receive for fiscal 2008. It is in fact bridge funding to meet immediate requirements until Congress can ...

Spending bill cuts pandemic preparedness budget request

December 19, 2007 The fiscal 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act working its way through Congress this week allocates only $76 million for pandemic influenza preparedness funding for the Health and Human Services Department, though the Bush administration requested a budget of $870 million for it. The bill also chopped in half requested funding for ...

Land-based backup to GPS wins reprieve in spending bill

December 18, 2007 A terrestrial backup for the satellite-based Global Positioning System endorsed by a wide range of users from the aviation, marine transportation and telecommunications industries gained a new lease on life in the fiscal 2008 omnibus spending bill passed by the House Monday. The Coast Guard had planned to terminate operation ...

Congress set to boost budget for VA health services, technology

December 17, 2007 The Veterans Affairs Department's information technology budget could hit $2 billion, a $752 million increase from 2007, in the 2008 omnibus spending measure Congress will consider before it adjourns on Dec. 21. It includes $107 million more than the Bush administration's requested for electronic medical record interoperability with the Defense ...

Congress cuts funds for traditional Defense satellite programs

December 14, 2007 Amid concerns about high costs and schedule delays, Congress has cut funding for traditional satellite programs at the Defense Department, while strongly endorsing a new Air Force project to develop small, affordable satellites. The conference report on the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill passed by Congress said the House and ...

Military Health System debuts new Web presence

December 14, 2007 The Military Health System operates many Web sites packed with useful information, but they had such drab interfaces and hard-to-navigate pages that true "jewels of information were hidden from our operational folks," Dr. S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs, said in an interview with Government Executive. ...

Conferees slash $1.4 billion from Army tactical radio funding

December 11, 2007 The final version of the fiscal 2008 Defense authorization bill slashed Army funds for purchase of its standard tactical radio system by $1.4 billion and directed the service to develop a modernization plan. The Army had requested a total of $2.3 billon for Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System ...

DHS accepts delivery of electronic fence, with caveats

December 10, 2007 Amid a strong warning from Congress, the Homeland Security Department last week conditionally accepted delivery of the first phase of a controversial electronic border fence from contractor Boeing Co., and awarded the company a $64 million contract to build the next phase. At a press conference held Dec. 7, DHS ...

Army Cancels Conference -- Again

December 7, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army has canceled for the third consecutive year the Army Small Computer Program (ASCP), its annual information technology conference. The ASCP was scheduled to take place next March in Phoenix. Instead, ASCP said in a note to vendors it will hold its conference in conjunction with the LandWarNet Conference ...