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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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Surprise! The Air Force May Have Already Developed Its Next Bomber

July 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Air Force is expected to soon issue a request for proposals for its long-range strike bomber, a July 2 Congressional Research Service report made public Tuesday suggests that the service has already developed the aircraft through its classified budget. The CRS report, obtained and posted online by Steven ...

Marines Eye Big Brother Commercial Vehicle Tracking System

July 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Marine Corps wants to buy a system to track all its owned and leased commercial vehicles at its Southern California and Arizona bases. The system, which will consist of multiple sensors including GPS and video systems, leaves little room for driver excesses, as they will track speed and record ...

The Pentagon Won't Demolish Its Alaskan Research Facility Just Yet

July 8, 2014 The Pentagon has delayed its plans to knock down a controversial Alaskan radio research facility until next year, for a possible transfer to a university or scientific institution, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced. Murkowski said July 2 the Air Force had agreed to halt demolition of the High Frequency Active ...

House VA Committee Eyes VA eBenefits Mess

July 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I’m picking up strong signals that the House VA committee has started an informal probe into the 300,000 claims filed through the Veterans Affairs Department’s eBenefits portal over the past year and now appear stuck in cyber-limbo, as I reported last Thursday. Among other things, the committee, I’m told, is ...

Pentagon Won’t Demolish Alaskan Radio Research Site Until 2015

July 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon has delayed its plans to knock down a controversial Alaskan radio research facility until next year, for a possible transfer to a university or scientific institution, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced. Murkowski said July 2 the Air Force had agreed to halt demolition of the High Frequency Active ...

How I Celebrated July 4 in 1965

July 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It started on a downhill note, when I ran down the ramp of the LCVP landing craft carrying me and other members of the Communications Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, which hit a sandbar offshore Da Nang, Vietnam, and dropped us in waist-deep water. After wading ashore, we hit the ...

Exclusive: Hundreds of Thousands of VA Electronic Disability Claims Not Processed

July 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hundreds of thousands of disability claims filed with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ eBenefits portal launched in February 2013 are incomplete and could start to expire this month, Nextgov has learned. VA Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey touted the new portal in June 2013 as simple as filing taxes online ...

Happy 70th Birthday to Original GI Bill

June 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the “GI Bill” was enacted June 22, 1944, and provided a wide range of benefits for veterans returning from World War II, including low-cost home loans, education and vocational training. Roughly 8 million out of 16 million World War II veterans ...

DISA Seeks Deal on Mobile Apps

June 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency announced it would like a discount on its future purchases of mobile applications, as it kicked off the process to evaluate next-generation smartphones and tablet computers. DISA’s Mobility Project Office asked vendors last Friday to provide it with information needed to evolve its mobile application ...

Vets Shortchanged on PTSD Treatment By Staff Shortages

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just over half of the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking treatment for PTSD from the Veterans Affairs Department end up with the recommended course of psychotherapy, the Institute of Medicine reported in a PTSD study released today. In 2013, the IOM report said, a shortage in mental health staffers led ...