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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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This is Defense Procurement Reform?

August 13, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s as slow as molasses in Colorado Springs in January. That's a good way to describe the progress of the Air Force Space Command’s $800 million Uniform Communications (Uni-Comm) information technology services contract. The contract â€" once awarded â€" will provide a single network for 40,000 personnel at Los Angeles ...

What’s Brewin’: Organizational Chaos?

August 13, 2007 JIEDDO "Mired in Organizational Chaos" That's the title line of an insightful paper on JIEDDO, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, done by three students at the Joint Forces Staff College. The paper says the organization lacks the "agility to quickly react" to an enemy, which develops new IEDs ...

Putin Won't Like This Budget Language

August 3, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian President Vladimir Putin all but threatened this summer to restart the Cold War over plans by the United States to install missile interceptors in Poland and radars in the Czech Republic to counter potential missile attacks launched by Iran. Putin said if the United States goes ahead with its ...

Web-based military health records system called bureaucratic, not technical, challenge

August 2, 2007 Commercial vendors who develop and manage Web-based health record systems say a recommendation by a presidential commission to develop such a system for soldiers and veterans would be a relatively easy task. In its recently released report, the Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors said the departments of ...

Clash Over Casualties

August 1, 2007 Battlefield medics resist push to stop using joint patient tracking system. Despite evidence that the low-cost Web-based Joint Patient Tracking Application eases transfer of medical records on wounded soldiers from the battlefield to hospitals, military officials have stifled its use and further development, according to congressional sources and combat medical ...

Big Bucks for Defense Sat System

July 31, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) fully funded the Bush Administration’s request for the Defense Department’s key satellite program. The committee last week funded the Transformational Satellite (TSat) Program to the tune of $968.3 million in the House’s version of the fiscal 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill. The HAC report on the ...

Sailors, Remember Your Passwords

July 30, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sailors should remember their user ID or password when they head to sea. The reason: The Navy won't have the infrastructure to support the Defense Department Common Access Card fully deployed throughout the fleet until at least 2011, according to an internal briefing last month by the Space and Naval ...

Military Health Needs to KISS

July 26, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to military health systems, the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs need to follow the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid), so says, in so many words, the final report released by the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. Defense and the VA should ...

VA could save billions using e-commerce technique, officials say

July 25, 2007 The Veterans Health Administration could slice $500 million to $700 million a year from its budget by using a sophisticated form of electronic purchasing to buy supplies, drugs and services, the former leader of the agency told senators Wednesday. Dr. Kenneth Kizer, VA's undersecretary of health in the late 1990s, ...

DHS Favors RFID

July 23, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even though the Homeland Security Department has not yet decided what type of technology to use in passes issued to frequent travelers crossing the border, it appears the department has decided that Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) beats any other alternative in terms of speeding folks across the border with Mexico ...