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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 Eyes Vet-Owned Firms for Management Contracts

January 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department plans to tap veteran-owned firms for management expertise and business support services through a five year contract starting in June. VA said its Agile Delivery of VA Imminent Strategic and Operational Requirements -- or ADVISOR -- indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract will cover four service groups: ...

Battery Modification Could Add 27 Years of Life to GPS Fleet

January 23, 2014 The Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center and a team of contractors have extended the operational life of 19 GPS satellites in orbit by fiddling with their battery chargers. Lockheed Martin launched the GPS IIR/M satellites between 1997 and 2009, and the fleet accounts for more than ...

How Do You Find a Marine Base? Look for a Golf Course

January 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Alas, I had to update the old joke on how to locate an Air Force base when I stumbled across this notice showing the Marines want a commercial partner to help manage golf courses on its bases, including Parris Island, home of the East Coast boot camp. The Marine Semper ...

Battery Modification May Add 27 Years of Life to GPS Fleet

January 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center and a team of contractors have extended the operational life of 19 GPS satellites in orbit by fiddling with their battery chargers. Lockheed Martin launched the GPS IIR/M satellites between 1997 and 2009, and the fleet accounts for more than ...

Stop Loose Nukes With Big Data and Crowdsourcing, Experts Urge

January 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States should tap big data analytic techniques and crowdsource commercial imagery to track the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the Defense Science Board recommended in a report released last week. The board’s “Task Force Report on Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technologies” said the Departments of Defense, Energy ...

Gates Tells Jon Stewart He 'Failed' on Joint Health Record

January 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robert Gates failed to overcome the turf wars have prevented development of an integrated electronic health record to serve both the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, the former Defense secretary told comedian Jon Stewart. Gates said he and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki agreed on the need for a joint record, ...

Congress Slashes the Army’s Tactical Communications Program

January 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress slashed funds for a key Army tactical communications system and boosted spending for the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network in the 2014 omnibus appropriations bill the House passed yesterday. The Defense Appropriations Committee chopped $204 million from the Army’s $974 million budget request to buy satellite gear for companies ...

Quit Wasting Money on e-Health Records, Congress Tells Defense and VA

January 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Worried that the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments might continue to spend years and billions of dollars in a “futile exercise” to develop their own electronic health record systems “and lose sight of the end-goal of an interoperable record,” lawmakers included funding restrictions in the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act the ...

Spending Bill Includes Overtime Pay for VA Claims Processors

January 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department section of the 2014 omnibus appropriations bill approved by the House on Monday includes $90 million in overtime for disability claims processors along with an extra $20 million for computer hardware for the paperless Veterans Benefits Management System. VA required up to 20 hours a week ...

Marines Could Get Lighter with 'Thin' Computing

January 14, 2014 The Marine Corps Systems Command last week asked for industry input on development of a virtual desktop infrastructure -- thin clients -- for classified networks able to support up to 8,000 users connected to four regional nodes. The Marines first considered use of virtual desktops in January 2012 and the ...