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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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Congress guts Army's tactical radio program funding for fiscal 2010

October 13, 2009 Congress slashed funding for the Army's tactical radio program and all but killed a program to build a command-and-control system modeled on commercial Web sites such as Travelocity. The Army had requested $90.2 million for its Joint Tactical Radio System in fiscal 2010, but Congress cut $55.2 million from the ...

No More 'i' This and '2.0' That

October 9, 2009 In Australia, Vegemite, a dark brown sandwich spread with a salty and bitter taste made from used brewers yeast extract, has an iconic status and brand recognition that any company would lust after. It's loved by Aussies with the kind of passion they have for rugby. This summer, Kraft, which ...

A Transition Council - That's the Ticket

October 8, 2009 The Defense Department has spent almost $1 billion to develop as new personnel and pay system called the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System, or DIMHRS. And what has it got? Bubkes, said Congress in its final version of the fiscal 2010 Defense authorization act, which a Senate-House conference approved ...

Hill outlines new acquisition IT practices for Defense

October 8, 2009 Congress directed the Defense Department to improve its acquisition process for information technology systems by requiring more involvement from end users and incremental software development. The final version of the fiscal 2010 Defense authorization act, which a Senate and House conference committee approved on Wednesday, also asked the department to ...

Yep, Computers for Offensive Ops

October 7, 2009 The Defense Department shies away from talking about its plans for using cyberattacks against enemies, but a solicitation released by the Air Force Electronic Systems Center yesterday indicates that the service definitely plans to have the capability to attack adversaries using computers. The center says it wants to develop a ...

131,000 Homeless Vets

October 6, 2009 That's the stark and depressing news the Veterans Affairs Department released on Tuesday, while VA said the goods news is that the number is down 15 percent from last year. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced that the department made more than $17 million in grants to community groups in 19 ...

A Must Read: Inside MI5

October 5, 2009 This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United Kingdom's Security Service, MI5. To mark the occasion, a Manhattan-phone-book-sized (1,032 pages) authorized history of the secret agency was released on Monday and has drawn some rave reviews for its candor and historical insights from the British press. Stephen Lander, the ...

DISA puts cloud computing applications into production

October 5, 2009 The Defense Information Systems Agency has put its cloud computing service into operational use just one year after it began testing and developing computer applications. "We've moved this from the developer community to the user community," Henry Sienkiewicz, technical program director for DISA computing services, said at press briefing today. ...

Student Vets Get Pay -- and Pizza

October 2, 2009 Here's a real "Hooah" for the top leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department, who decided early on Friday to keep all 57 of the department's 57 regional offices open until every veteran waiting in line picked up an emergency GI bill check valued at up to $3,000. Based on reports ...

Schoenhard Tapped as Health Ops Deputy

October 2, 2009 Late last month I reported that St. Louis hospital executive William Schoenhard appeared to have the inside track for appointment as the new undersecretary for health at the Veterans Affairs Department. Well, I missed slightly. VA will name Schoenhard as deputy undersecretary for health for operations and management, effective Oct. ...