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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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U.S. lags the world's top adopters of electronic health records systems

September 22, 2009 The United States is far behind countries that lead the world in using electronic health records, and the nation should borrow some of their policies to increase the adoption rate of e-health records here, according to a report a technology advocacy group released on Wednesday. In its report, the nonpartisan ...

Hospital Exec Tapped for VA Health Job?

September 21, 2009 Well-informed folks have told me that William Schoenhard, who until this August served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of St. Louis-based SSN Health Care has the inside track as the new head of the Veterans Health Administration. Schoenhard is not a doctor, but he has extensive experience ...

Will Schools Go Easy on Vets?

September 18, 2009 I'm picking up strong signals that the Veterans Affairs Department has started contacting colleges and universities around the country to determine whether or not they will throw veterans off campus if the schools do not receive timely tuition payments as promised under the post-9/11 GI bill. VA Education Liaison Representatives ...

Meyerriecks Intel Acquisition Director

September 17, 2009 Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence, announced on Thursday that he selected Dawn Meyerriecks, a former AOL executive and former chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency, as the new deputy director of national intelligence for acquisition and technology. Blair said Meyerriecks "is well respected for her work ...

Ft. Huachuca Does It Manually

September 17, 2009 Most technologically advanced organizations monitor and log traffic on network servers automatically. That's not the case at the Army's Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Huachuca, home to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command -- two outfits that should be no strangers to network technology -- ...

The $75B Intelligence Budget

September 16, 2009 Talking to reporters yesterday about the new National Intelligence Strategy, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said the strategy would serve as a blueprint for a 200,000 person strong, $75 billion national intelligence enterprise. Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists pointed ...

The FOUO Debate

September 15, 2009 Some readers took exception to my posting last week of a high-level wiring diagram for the U.S. Cyber Command, which was labeled "For Official Use Only," a.k.a. FOUO. One reader said I should have put the welfare of the nation ahead of my own personal/business interests and not posted an ...

The VA's Fort Monmouth Outpost

September 14, 2009 In 2011 Fort Monmouth, N.J., will be history, with folks from the Army Communications-Electronic Command (CECOM) either moved to Fort Belvoir, Va., or the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. But CECOM contracting skills will live on in the new Veterans Affairs Department Technology Acquisition Center, located like Fort Monmouth in ...

U.S. Cyber Command - The Wiring Diagram

September 11, 2009 A benevolent reader sent along a a high level organizational diagram for the U.S. Cyber Command, which I am going to share with everyone out there in Whats-land. Click on image for full PowerPoint slide There are no real surprises in this very busy slide, but it does illustrate clearly ...

Panel questions VA outsourcing IT systems work to Navy

September 11, 2009 Top officials with the Veterans Affairs Department told a House panel on Thursday that they hired the Navy to develop computer systems last year because VA lacked the expertise. The veterans agency tapped the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center in Charleston, S.C., to develop systems because "unfortunately, systems ...