Nextgov - Authors - Bob Brewinhttp://www.nextgov.com/voices/bob-brewin/2350/Bob Brewin joined <i>Government Executive</i> 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 <i>Nextgov</i>, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.en-usTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:40:50 -0500DISA in Compliance with Cloud Security Standardshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/11/disa-compliance-cloud-security-standards/98120/Three vendors in use; seven under assessment.Bob BrewinTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:40:50 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/11/disa-compliance-cloud-security-standards/98120/Defense - What's BrewinBlue Island/Shutterstock.comArmy to Manpack Tactical Radio Vendors: Go on a Diet http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/11/army-manpack-tactical-radio-vendors-go-diet/98048/Other items on the Army’s to-do list: Boosting battery life and transmitting powerBob BrewinMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:47:52 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/11/army-manpack-tactical-radio-vendors-go-diet/98048/DefenseA Soldier from 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, uses a Joint Tactical Radio System's Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit, known as JTRS HMS, at the Army's Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE 13.1, on Nov. 9, 2012. US ArmyArmy Wants Better Teeth Trackinghttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/army-wants-better-teeth-tracking/97907/The Army is seeking new dental software. It needs to have dynamic scheduling capabilities, according to contracting docs.Bob BrewinFri, 31 Oct 2014 13:05:04 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/army-wants-better-teeth-tracking/97907/Defense - What's BrewinInnervisionArt/Shutterstock.comExclusive: AFRICOM Plans High-Speed Circuits to Liberia http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/exclusive-africom-plans-high-speed-circuits-liberia/97883/U.S. military plans to lease a 622 megabit terrestrial circuit from Europe to Liberia.Bob BrewinFri, 31 Oct 2014 10:33:16 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/exclusive-africom-plans-high-speed-circuits-liberia/97883/DefenseHealth workers carry the body of a old man from his house as he is suspected of dying from the Ebola virus in the Siah Town area on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia.Abbas Dulleh/APVA Eyes New Medical Imaging Systemhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/va-eyes-new-medical-imaging-system/97826/The new system will be built on commercial standards for viewing medical images, including X-rays, CT body scans and MRI brain scans.Bob BrewinThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:51:45 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/va-eyes-new-medical-imaging-system/97826/Defense - What's Brewinlendy16/Shutterstock.comRace is On for Defense Health Record – but VA Backs Out of Competitionhttp://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/10/race-defense-health-record-va-backs-out-competition/97820/Four teams of contractors are vying for the electronic health record system contract – and the $11 billion prize attached.Bob BrewinThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:25:31 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/10/race-defense-health-record-va-backs-out-competition/97820/Health - Health ITAmanda Hsu/Shutterstock.comDefense Mobile Update: BlackBerry Still Dominateshttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/10/defense-mobile-update-blackberry-still-dominates/97730/BlackBerry devices in use by the Defense Department total 85,000 -- 10 times the number of Apple and Android devices.Bob BrewinWed, 29 Oct 2014 15:52:18 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/10/defense-mobile-update-blackberry-still-dominates/97730/MobileA person tries out the BlackBerry 10.Mark Lennihan/APToday's Lesson -- Aging Soviet Rocket Engine Doesn't Flyhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/todays-lesson/97712/Orbital Sciences Corp. tried to launch a mission to the International Space Station using rocket engines built four decades agoBob BrewinWed, 29 Oct 2014 12:25:21 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/todays-lesson/97712/Defense - What's BrewinThe Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, as it suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch.NASA/APUS Army Will Provide Wi-Fi for NGOs in the Fight Against Ebolahttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/us-army-will-provide-wi-fi-other-communications-ngos-fight-against-ebola/97709/The networks the Army is setting up in West Africa will support both military users and NGOs, such as Doctors without Borders.Bob BrewinWed, 29 Oct 2014 12:08:55 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/us-army-will-provide-wi-fi-other-communications-ngos-fight-against-ebola/97709/DefensePavel Ignatov/Shutterstock.comA Whole Bunch of GPS Actionhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/whole-bunch-gps-action/97613/Two new GPS sets pack enhanced anti-jam features. The latest launch is this week.Bob BrewinTue, 28 Oct 2014 15:15:30 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/whole-bunch-gps-action/97613/Defense - What's BrewinA United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the Global Positioning System IIF-5 satellite for the U.S. Air Force Feb. 20, 2014, at 8:59 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.U.S. Air ForceWatchdog: Pentagon Failed to Develop Blood IT Systems http://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/10/watchdog-pentagon-failed-develop-blood-it-systems/97601/The $289 million system double counts blood inventory.Bob BrewinTue, 28 Oct 2014 14:32:08 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/10/watchdog-pentagon-failed-develop-blood-it-systems/97601/Health - Health ITSenior Airman Kendall Thomas, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Blood Trans-shipment Center laboratory technician, and Maj. Brian Dart, 379th MDG BTC chief, verify blood products before shipment.U.S. Air ForceWant More Info on the Military’s Ebola Efforts? Tune in Here Thursdayhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/want-more-info-militarys-ebola-efforts-tune-here-thursday/97496/Top leaders will discuss ongoing support operations during a live broadcast.Bob BrewinMon, 27 Oct 2014 14:46:45 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/want-more-info-militarys-ebola-efforts-tune-here-thursday/97496/Defense - What's BrewinMembers of the Department of Defense's Ebola Military Medical Support Team go through special training at San Antonio Military Medical Center.Eric Gay/APIrony Alert: Booz Allen Wins Cybersecurity Contracthttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/irony-alert-booz-allen-wins-cybersecurity-contract/97238/Company will provide support to Defense CIOBob BrewinThu, 23 Oct 2014 12:59:55 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/irony-alert-booz-allen-wins-cybersecurity-contract/97238/Defense - What's BrewinChristopher Lane/APSo, How Do I Get Onto the VA eBenefits Site?http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/so-how-do-i-get-va-ebenefits-site/97166/The system seems designed to frustrate Vietnam vets.Bob BrewinWed, 22 Oct 2014 16:09:45 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/so-how-do-i-get-va-ebenefits-site/97166/Defense - What's BrewinIraq war veteran Dave Walker uses his computer. Carolyn Kaster/APVA: Hackers Never Siphoned Data Out of Our Systemshttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/10/va-hackers-never-siphoned-data-out-its-systems/97142/Veterans Affairs experiences 55,000 malware attacks a day, agency official says.Bob BrewinWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:25:54 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/10/va-hackers-never-siphoned-data-out-its-systems/97142/Cybersecurityjcjgphotography/Shutterstock.comVA Introduces 'Google-like' Medical Record Search Functionshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/va-introduces-google-medical-record-search-functions/97064/The new user interface includes patient “newsfeed."Bob BrewinTue, 21 Oct 2014 16:57:19 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/va-introduces-google-medical-record-search-functions/97064/Defense - What's BrewinAndrei Orlov/Shutterstock.comHanford Waste Contractors Refuse to Cooperate with IG http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/10/hanford-waste-contractors-refuse-cooperate-ig/97034/Sen. McCaskill slams stonewalling.Bob BrewinTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:45:38 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/10/hanford-waste-contractors-refuse-cooperate-ig/97034/CIO BriefingSen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.Lauren Victoria Burke/APNavy Will Get Its Microsoft Cloud Email from Dell in $2.1M Dealhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/navy-will-get-its-microsoft-cloud-email-dell-21m-deal/96896/The Navy sees hundreds of millions of dollars in savings over the Next Generation Enterprise Network.Bob BrewinMon, 20 Oct 2014 13:43:22 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/navy-will-get-its-microsoft-cloud-email-dell-21m-deal/96896/Defenseliravega/Shutterstock.comIntelink Sets Up Ebola Websitehttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/intelink-sets-ebola-website/96899/Effort is focused on open source reporting.Bob BrewinMon, 20 Oct 2014 13:40:42 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/intelink-sets-ebola-website/96899/Defense - What's BrewinA medical worker sprays people being discharged from the Island Clinic Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia.Jerome Delay/AP File PhotoHere Comes the Army Cyber Battle Labhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/here-comes-army-cyber-battle-lab/96812/So long, Network Battle Lab.Bob BrewinFri, 17 Oct 2014 16:06:09 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/here-comes-army-cyber-battle-lab/96812/Defense - What's BrewinSangoiri/Shutterstock.comEbola Vaccine Development Probably Too Late to Deal with Current Crisishttp://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/10/ebola-vaccine-development-probably-too-late-deal-current-crisis/96764/A major drug firm says it will take until 2016 to ramp up production.Bob BrewinFri, 17 Oct 2014 13:54:34 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/10/ebola-vaccine-development-probably-too-late-deal-current-crisis/96764/HealthA healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering into an Ebola treatment centre in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone.Michael Duff/APHuge Bidder Pile-On for VA’s $22.3 Billion Tech Dealhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/huge-bidder-pile-vas-223-billion-tech-deal/96653/If all these interested vendors actually submit a bid, the VA acquisition folks will have to go into overtime to weed through all the paper.Bob BrewinThu, 16 Oct 2014 13:57:21 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/huge-bidder-pile-vas-223-billion-tech-deal/96653/Defense - What's BrewinDepartment of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonaldManuel Balce Ceneta/APVA Plans to Build Nationwide High-Frequency Radio Network to Communicate During Emergencieshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/va-plans-build-nationwide-high-frequency-radio-network-communicate-during-emergencies/96644/Network will cover more than 200 VA medical facilities.Bob BrewinThu, 16 Oct 2014 13:18:27 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/va-plans-build-nationwide-high-frequency-radio-network-communicate-during-emergencies/96644/DefenseActor/Shutterstock.comInstitute of Medicine Plans Ebola Research Workshophttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/institute-medicine-ebola-research-workshop/96542/Focus on public health, risks and countermeasures.Bob BrewinWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:26:27 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/institute-medicine-ebola-research-workshop/96542/Defense - What's BrewinBellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in the Emergency Room, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients.Richard Drew/APHHS Awards Contract for Ebola Vaccine Shown to be 100 Percent Effective in Animal Testshttp://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/10/hhs-awards-contract-ebola-vaccine-shown-be-100-percent-effective-animal-tests/96536/Pentagon also backs vaccine from Profectus Biosciences.Bob BrewinWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:59:19 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/10/hhs-awards-contract-ebola-vaccine-shown-be-100-percent-effective-animal-tests/96536/HealthLicensed clinician Margaret Chilcott removes her outer gloves before disrobing and sanitizing during ebola preparation training on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Anniston, Ala.Brynn Anderson/AP