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Bob Brewin

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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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The Army Wants Lighter Tactical Radios That Won't Overheat on Soldiers

November 4, 2014 The Army abruptly decided last month to shrink the weight requirements and boost the transmission range of up to 60,000 tactical manpack radios it plans to buy, following sharp criticism this summer by the service’s Maneuver Center of Excellence. The Army has already awarded low-rate production contracts to General Dynamics ...

DISA in Compliance with Cloud Security Standards

November 4, 2014 The Defense Information Systems Agency currently offers its military customers certified cloud computing services from three vendors and has another seven under assessment for compliance with governmentwide security standards, top agency officials told Nextgov. FedRAMP reviews aim to speed the adoption of cloud deployments across government by allowing cloud services ...

Army to Manpack Tactical Radio Vendors: Go on a Diet

November 3, 2014 The Army abruptly decided last month to shrink the weight requirements and boost the transmission range of up to 60,000 tactical manpack radios it plans to buy, following sharp criticism this summer by the service’s Maneuver Center of Excellence. The Army has already awarded low-rate production contracts to General Dynamics ...

Army Wants Better Teeth Tracking

October 31, 2014 The Army Dental Command wants to acquire software to help its dentists and dental technicians better manage troops’ dental care and treatment. Modules for the new system should include case-tracking capabilities and a digital dashboard with “dynamic scheduling” capacity, whatever that means. Who wants nondynamic dental software? (Image via InnervisionArt/Shutterstock.com)

The Army Will Provide Wi-Fi in West Africa for the Fight Against Ebola

October 31, 2014 The Defense Department has started to beef up systems needed to support troops and nongovernmental organizations engaged in the Ebola fight in West Africa, including email, video and satellite systems. The Defense Information Systems Agency last week turned on a node of the Blue Force Tracking System over West Africa, ...

Exclusive: AFRICOM Plans High-Speed Circuits to Liberia

October 31, 2014 The U.S. military plans to lease a 622 megabit terrestrial circuit from Europe to Liberia in a matter of weeks to support Internet service for U.S. troops as they continue to deploy to Liberia to help counter the Ebola virus, U.S. Africa Command’s top communications official told Nextgov. “Right now, ...

VA Eyes New Medical Imaging System

October 30, 2014 The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to acquire a new medical imaging system based on commercial standards and wants to hear from interested vendors by Monday. That’s just six business days after the department posted a request for information on the FedBizOpps website. The VistA Imaging System runs today on ...

Race is On for Defense Health Record – but VA Backs Out of Competition

October 30, 2014 Four commercial vendors will submit proposals Friday for the Defense Department’s $11 billion electronic health record system contract. But the Department of Veterans Affairs has backed off an idea floated by former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to enter a new version of its own longstanding EHR system into the competition. ...

Rumors of the Blackberry's Death (at DOD) Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

October 30, 2014 BlackBerry devices in use by the Defense Department total 85,000--slightly more than 10 times the number of Apple and Android devices fielded today, Defense Information Systems Agency officials said at a media roundtable today. Kimberly Rice, DISA’s portfolio manager for mobility, said the agency currently supports 270 secret classified mobile ...

Defense Mobile Update: BlackBerry Still Dominates

October 29, 2014 Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of Apple and Android devices on the unclassified network. There are a total of 4,000 such devices on the network. BlackBerry devices in use by the Defense Department total 85,000 -- slightly more than 10 times the number of Apple ...