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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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Australia Joins Iraq Refugee Aerial Resupply Mission

August 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Australia has joined the United States and Britain in airdropping supplies to refugees trapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces on Mount Sinjar in Northwestern Iraq, with a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J parachuting 10 pallets of supplies yesterday. Over the past week, U.S. military aircraft ...

Health Care for Vets on Nantucket

August 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 124 veterans eligible for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs who live on the island of Nantucket 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts truly illustrate the problem rural vets face in accessing VA clinics and hospitals – they need to take a one-hour ferry trip before ...

Re-Opening of Nuke Waste Dump ‘High Priority’ for Moniz

August 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Although Congress has yet to provide funds, re-opening the country’s only nuclear waste dump remains a “high priority” for the Energy Department, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told a town hall meeting in Carlsbad, New Mexico, last night. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, which stores 3.2 million cubic feet of plutonium-contaminated ...

Navy Chief Says the Future of War Lies in 'Information Dominance'

August 11, 2014 Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert views “information dominance” as key to the future of warfare while the service’s new transformation framework calls for development of a “data-savvy” workforce. Speaking at a ceremony last Thursday at which Rear Adm. David Lewis took command of the Space and Naval Warfare ...

Zeroing in on the Elusive ‘Contractor Sustainment Re-Vector’

August 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On July 10, I reported my frustration with trying to figure out what exactly the Air Force bought for the $38.8 million increase to its Advanced Extremely High Frequency contract with Lockheed Martin for something dubbed “System Interim Contractor Sustainment Re-vector.” I sent a query to the Air Force Space ...

Naval Chief Views Information Key to Future of Warfare

August 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert views “information dominance” as key to the future of warfare while the service’s new transformation framework calls for development of a “data-savvy” workforce. Speaking at a ceremony last Thursday at which Rear Adm. David Lewis took command of the Space and Naval Warfare ...

Will VA Secretary McDonald Go Back to P&G for His CIO?

August 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robert McDonald, the former Procter & Gamble CEO and secretary of Veterans Affairs since Wednesday afternoon, may enlist Filippo Passerini, the P&G chief information officer, as VA CIO, according to medium-strength signals I’ve picked up. The VA CIO slot has been empty since February 2013, when Roger Baker resigned. Passerini, ...

Air Force Debuts New Plan to Beat Tech Curve -- ‘Strategic Agility’

July 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force has proven to have a pretty poor record of predicting the future, so it has decided to adopt the concept of “strategic agility” as its operating philosophy over the next 30 years. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told reporters during a Pentagon press briefing yesterday, the ...

McDonald Stresses Integrity in First Message to VA Employees

July 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robert McDonald, sworn in as secretary of Veterans Affairs yesterday, emphasized VA institutional values -- integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence -- in his first message to employees today. In an oblique reference to the patient scheduling debacle that has roiled the agency since April, McDonald said: “I recognize that ...

McDonald Takes Over as VA Secretary Today

July 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following his confirmation as secretary of Veterans Affairs by the Senate yesterday, Robert McDonald will be sworn in this afternoon at what looks to me like at a low-key ceremony at VA HQ rather than at the White House with President Obama. VA spokeswoman Victoria Dillon could not provide me ...