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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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New DOD-VA Health Records System Coming to More Facilities Soon

August 29, 2014 CORRECTION: This story and its headline has been updated to correct the original version, which erroneously reported the Defense Department had missed its own deadlines for installing health-records viewers. The program met its pilot goals. The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have installed a software viewer that allows clinicians ...

Oh No: Obama Once Again Talks About ‘Sacred Trust’ with Vets

August 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Speaking at the American Legion convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, this Tuesday, President Obama invoked the “sacred trust” between those who serve in the military, the citizens they defend and himself. Obama proclaimed, “The bond between our forces and our citizens has to be a sacred trust, and that for ...

Defense to Install Health Record Viewer in Even More Facilities by the End of Next Month

August 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This corrects a story from Aug. 28 that reported the Defense Department had missed its own deadlines for installing health-records viewers. The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have installed a software viewer that allows clinicians to jointly access health record systems at seven VA facilities and two Defense facilities ...

Scientists Figure Out Why Grunts Groan

August 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some 325 scientists from around the world attending the third International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance in Boston came to the obvious conclusion any infantryman knows all too well: The combat load is way too heavy and defies efforts to shrink it. Marilyn Sharp, who has the title of research ...

New Navy Shipboard Net Key to Information Dominance

August 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy’s $2.5 billion shipboard-network contract awarded Wednesday is critical to the service’s push for information dominance in future wars. That’s according to Rear Adm. Christian Becker, the program executive officer for command, control, communications and intelligence at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, who discussed the service’s plans ...

The Secret History of the Atom Bomb Is Now Available in Full Online

August 21, 2014 Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, the military chief of the organization charged with developing the atomic bomb during World War II – operating under the code name of Manhattan Engineer District – commissioned an internal and classified history of the project in 1944. That entire history has now been declassified and ...

Entire Manhattan Project History Declassified and Now Online

August 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, the military chief of the organization charged with developing the atomic bomb during World War II – operating under the code name of Manhattan Engineer District – commissioned an internal and classified history of the project in 1944. That entire history has now been declassified and ...

Top Secret White House Crisis Communication Network Gets Upgrade

August 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency yesterday awarded Harris Corp. a 10-year, $450 million follow-on contract to maintain and support the Crisis Management System, a top secret video conference network that links the president with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, cabinet officers and other top officials. The Crisis Management System, a ...

Navy Ships Will Get $2.5 Billion in Cyber and Intelligence Upgrades

August 21, 2014 The Navy today awarded five companies eight-year contracts valued at $2.5 billion to install standardized shipboard networks. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command tapped BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, General Dynamics C4 Systems, Global Technical Systems, Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. and Serco, Inc. for the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, ...

Navy Drops $2.5 Billion in Contracts to Update Shipboard Networks

August 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy today awarded five companies eight-year contracts valued at $2.5 billion to install standardized shipboard networks. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command tapped BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, General Dynamics C4 Systems, Global Technical Systems, Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. and Serco, Inc. for the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, ...