AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 31-40 of 3037

How About More VA iPad-Toting Health Service Reps?

September 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Nashville, Tennessee, Veterans Affairs hospital at one time had 12 customer service reps wearing easy-to-spot red coats and equipped with iPads hanging around the front door to provide instant service to vets entering the facility, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said at a press conference yesterday. McDonald said these red-coats ...

VA Secretary Wants to Improve Digital Services for Vets

September 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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 ...

Lockheed Wins $45 Million Award for Continued Cross Domain Software Support

September 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department awarded Lockheed Martin a new $45 million contract for its “Radiant Mercury” system, which is used to sanitize and share classified information — including, purportedly, classified satellite imagery — across a variety of security domains. Developed as a Navy project in 1992 and installed on command ships ...

Army Spends $181M on Smart Label Technology to Track Military Supplies

September 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army launched a procurement last Friday valued at $181 million for barcode-based automatic identification technology gear to track supplies globally for all four military services, the Coast Guard, other federal agencies and NATO allies. The contract covers, among other things, barcode readers and printers connected to Wi-Fi access points ...

Intelligence Research Agency Plans First Industry Confab

September 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity plans to hold its first industry day since its founding in 2006. The purpose of the gathering – held Oct. 29-30 – “is to provide a unique look at the breadth and depth of IARPA's research through briefings, discussions and demonstrations,” including the Aggregative ...

CRS: Cops Can Get Kitchen and Lawn Care Gear from DOD

August 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Congressional Research Service has produced a report on the militarization of law enforcement unearthed by Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy, which shows the Defense Department is a good source of gear far beyond the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in the news ...

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 ...