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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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Defense Has New Acquisition, Tech Chief

November 28, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow John J. Young Jr. started work as the under secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, last week, following confirmation by the Senate Nov. 16. Young replaces Kenneth Krieg, who announced his resignation in June. Young previously served as the director of Defense research and engineering and the department’s ...

State Department dispatches virtual jazz ambassadors

November 28, 2007 In 1956, at the height of the Cold War, when the United States was engaged in an ideological battle with the Soviet Union, the State Department dispatched a new kind of ambassador to carry its message. In an innovative bit of public diplomacy, State sent jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and ...

European Parliament sets funding for satellite navigation system

November 27, 2007 The European Parliament last week approved $6 billion in funding for the European Union's long-delayed Galileo satellite navigation system. The EU originally intended to finance its answer to the United States' Global Positioning System through a public-private partnership, but that plan faltered earlier this year when private companies backed away ...

FCC spectrum award marks beginning of national safety network

November 21, 2007 The Federal Communications Commission this week awarded a license within a piece of a valuable spectrum that will spur the development of a nationwide public safety broadband wireless network. FCC awarded a 10-MHz slice within the 700-MHz band to the Public Safety Spectrum Trust. PSST officials said the license will ...

WIN-T Makes Watch List

November 20, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army’s key, next-generation battlefield communications systems, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, earned the dubious distinction of ending up on the Defense Department’s list of programs that experienced cost increases of more than 15 percent or schedule delays of six months or more. These programs are reported to Congress. For the quarter ...

HHS Turns Up Heat on ePrescribe

November 19, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt wrote in his blog that he wants to see Medicare and Medicaid and large federal health care providers make e-prescribing “a mandatory part of medical practice soon.” Leavitt wrote in his blog that a low rate of adoption by physicians has slowed e-prescribing ...

Army has New CIO -- At Last

November 19, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate confirmed Friday Jeffery Sorenson for promotion to Lt. Gen. from Maj. Gen. and his new job as the Army chief information officer and director of command, control, communications and computers, Army spokeswoman Margaret McBride said. President Bush had originally tapped Sorenson to replace now-retired Lt. Gen. Steven Boutelle ...

Defense IT programs see large funding increases

November 14, 2007 Congress, in the final version of the 2008 Defense Department Appropriations bill signed by President Bush on Nov. 13, heaped large funding increases onto Defense information technology programs. One of the biggest winners was the Army's next-generation Single Army Logistics Enterprise system, which Congress funded at $247.2 million for fiscal ...

Army Logistics System Closing in on Big Plus-up

November 12, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tucked into the Defense Appropriations Bill passed by the House last Friday is an almost 100 percent increase in 2008 funding for the mammoth Enterprise Resource Planning-based logistics system, called the Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-A). The House version of the Defense bill provides $94.7 million in finding next year ...

What's Brewin: Time to Remember

November 9, 2007 Remembrance Day This Sunday marks Veterans Day, though I prefer the Remembrance Day term used in the United Kingdom and Canada, as it makes clear this should be a day to solemnly remember and honor those who have defended the nation: the fallen, the wounded and those who survived the ...