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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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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 ...

Intelligence community developing virtual world analysis tools

November 7, 2007 The research arm of the U.S intelligence community has kicked off a project to tap into virtual world technologies, such as Second Life, to develop innovative decision support systems for intelligence analysis. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity project is directed by Jeffery Morrison, who runs the Analyst Space for ...

DIA Wants a Few Good IT Ideas

November 6, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Our pals over at the innovation department in the Defense Intelligence Agency asked us to let the world know they are looking for some good ideas and technologies to power the next generation of the Defense Intelligence Information System. Vendors can submit their ideas to DIA on Web and when ...

Congress: Veterans Can Wait

November 6, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While Congress plays political games with the 12 appropriations bills, the Veterans Affairs Department groans under a backlog of 400,000 veterans benefits claims, according to the Senate report on the fiscal 2008 VA-Military Construction spending bill. The backlog on each of those claims is 177 days, the report noted, while ...

Whats Brewin: Theres Simple, Then Theres Complex

November 5, 2007 Love, via Video, from Alaska In 2006, Celine Johnson, chief of the Local Network Operations and Security Center of the 507th Signal Company, which is part of the 59th Signal Battalion at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, wanted to find a way to electronically bridge the gap between families on the base ...

What’s Brewin: Try Living Without GPS

October 29, 2007 From Missile Guidance to Teen Tracking Along with the Internet, I consider the Global Positioning Satellite system the greatest Defense Department invention of the past three decades. Among other things, it answers (with great accuracy) that old '60s question, "Where you at, man?" Developed by Defense to provide pinpoint navigation ...

Web Headlines

October 25, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following is a sampling of information technology articles that news outlets recently posted. Pandemic Test Paints Dire Scenario ComputerWorld If a pandemic strikes the United States, it would kill about 1.7 million people, hospitalize 9 million, exhaust antiviral medications and reduce basic food supplies, according to a planning scenario developed ...

Look Who's at Spectrum Confab

October 25, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The World Radio Conference -- the quadrennial international meeting of 190 nations to slice and dice increasingly valuable and scarce radio spectrum -- kicked off Oct. 22. And the Defense Department is interested. How interested? Both John Grimes, assistant secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration, and Air Force ...

Cyber Wars

October 24, 2007 September seemed to mark a serious escalation in global cyber warfare. Media reports detailed what appeared to be Chinese attacks against Pentagon networks and government computer systems in Germany, France and the United Kingdom -- putting Defense Department officials on the offensive. It began in early September when Financial Times ...