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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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VA Lays Groundwork for Private Health Care

September 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to outsource issuance and administration of the “Veteran's Choice Card,” a key provision of legislation signed last month by President Barack Obama that allows veterans to seek health care from private providers outside the Veterans Health Administration network of 950-plus hospitals and clinics. In ...

Who Didn’t Win a Piece of This Army Infosec Deal?

September 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last Friday, the Army awarded 18 companies $7.2 billion worth of indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts for “flexible, comprehensive, cost-effective services to support the Army's need for fully integrated intelligence, security, information operations and related support.” The contracts run through 2019. The winners include 11 large firms tapped for $5 billion in ...

DISA Kicks Off IT Contract to Support Cyber Command

September 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency launched yesterday what it described as the first omnibus contract to provide a wide range of information technology services to the U.S. Cyber Command, including assistance for offensive and defensive cyber operations DISA said the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity IT contract is open only to ...

Here's the 'Game-Changing' Tech Special Operators Want for Tomorrow's Wars

September 12, 2014 The Special Operations Command requires “revolutionary game-changing” technologies to support its mission, including portable lasers, color night vision systems and advanced battlefield wound dressings, SOCOM chief Adm. William H. McRaven said in written responses to questions submitted by the House Armed Services Committee after hearings this spring. The written testimony ...

Remembering NYC Fire Dept. Chaplain Mychal Judge

September 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On this day 13 years ago, my friend Mychal Judge, a Franciscan who served as New York City Fire Department’s chaplain, gave the last rights to a downed firefighter in the World Trade Center and then was killed by falling debris minutes later as he continued to minister to the ...

Special Operations Wants Portable Lasers, Better Night Vision Goggles

September 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Special Operations Command requires “revolutionary game-changing” technologies to support its mission, including portable lasers, color night vision systems and advanced battlefield wound dressings, SOCOM chief Adm. William H. McRaven said in written responses to questions submitted by the House Armed Services Committee after hearings this spring. The written testimony ...

The Army Wants to Use Its Own Secure 4G LTE Networks

September 10, 2014 The Army’s communications research center wants to evaluate the use of commercial, broadband cellular technology for battlefield communications, a move that could herald the beginning of the end for a similar system the Defense Department has struggled to develop and deploy since 1997. The Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development Engineering Center ...

Sorry, Apple: Hong Kong Way Ahead with Mobile Payments

September 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I experienced the mobile payment future last year on a 10-day trip to Hong Kong — but it was with the Octopus Card used to access the city's subway and rail system, not a smartphone with near-field communications like the “Apple Pay” introduced with much hype yesterday. The Octopus Card, ...

Army Eyes 4G Cellular Tech for Combat Communications

September 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army’s communications research center wants to evaluate the use of commercial, broadband cellular technology for battlefield communications, a move that could herald the beginning of the end for a similar system the Defense Department has struggled to develop and deploy since 1997. The Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development Engineering Center ...

The VA Has Way Too Many Websites for Veterans Care

September 9, 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said he plans to launch a new digital services team in the agency to help winnow down its numerous websites as part of a plan to improve the services VA delivers to veterans. During a press conference Monday, McDonald decried the large number ...