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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 Paperless Claims Processing System Shut Down

January 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated with comment from VA late Wednesday. The Veterans Benefits Administration sent out a message Tuesday directing some of its regional offices to stop using the paperless Veterans Benefits Management claims processing system. The internal email said, “the [VBA] Office of Field Operations requests that you direct ...

Obama Pushes Manufacturing Innovation for Third Straight Year

January 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States has the chance to “beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs,” President Obama said in his State of the Union speech Tuesday, describing several new manufacturing innovation institutes and pledging to launch more. Obama put the case for the institutes ...

Billionaire Veteran Blasts For-Profit Schools as GI Bill Predators

January 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Thanks to the WW II GI Bill, Jerome Kohlberg attended Swarthmore College as an undergraduate, which led to a career in finance, including founding the private equity firm of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. In a powerful Huffington Post opinion piece titled “Protecting Our Veterans From Domestic Enemies,” Kohlberg described ...

VA Kicks Off Contracting for New Electronic Health Records System

January 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department has released the first procurement for its next-generation electronic health record system, with a focus on support services for the Health Systems Informatics division of the Veterans Health Administration. The “sources sought” notice for the new version of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture EHR, ...

The Army Wants More Smartphones on the Battlefield

January 28, 2014 Battlefield communications gear is unsustainably cumbersome compared to commercial cellphone technology, according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. “I can sit here in my chair and pull out my smartphone and talk to every continent in the world with one little smartphone," Odierno said at a breakfast meeting ...

Pentagon Wants to Develop Electronics That Can Vaporize

January 28, 2014 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded BAE Systems Advanced Technologies a $4.5 million contract last week to develop battlefield electronic systems “capable of physically disappearing in a controlled, triggerable manner.” The DARPA Vanishing Programmable Resources program -- VAPR -- aims to eliminate electronics, such as sensors, that end up ...

Key Military Health Surveillance Website Was Down for Nearly a Month

January 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The website of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center -- which provides weekly summaries of flu cases within the Defense Department, among other things -- was shut down for much of January due to “technical difficulties” the Center declined to identify. The AFHSC website also hosts the Defense Medical Surveillance ...

Pentagon Wants To Vaporize Battlefield Widgets on Command

January 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded BAE Systems Advanced Technologies a $4.5 million contract last week to develop battlefield electronic systems “capable of physically disappearing in a controlled, triggerable manner.” The DARPA Vanishing Programmable Resources program -- VAPR -- aims to eliminate electronics, such as sensors, that end up ...

Why Is Battlefield Communications Gear So Bulky? Army Chief Asks

January 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Battlefield communications gear is unsustainably cumbersome compared to commercial cellphone technology, according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. “I can sit here in my chair and pull out my smartphone and talk to every continent in the world with one little smartphone," Odierno said at a breakfast meeting ...

TBI and Video Games Don’t Mix

January 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center released new recommendations on Thursday to help troops recover from mild traumatic brain injury based on a standardized, six-step approach that starts with much needed rest and progresses to a return to full duty. The clinical guidelines emphasize that resting the brain means ...