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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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For Shinseki, Vets Before Reporters

October 26, 2009 Last Friday, I traveled to Duke University in Durham, N.C., for dedication of a memorial to Duke graduates who lost their lives in action since WW II, including the best company commander I ever had, Marine Maj. Corky Ram, where Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki was the featured speaker. VA...

VA to deploy automated tool to speed up vets' education benefits

October 26, 2009 VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said the tool will make a "big difference" in the processing of education claims.Susan Walsh/AP DURHAM, N.C. -- Next month, the Veterans Affairs Department will deploy an automated tool that will make a "big difference" in the processing of claims for education benefits for veterans attending...

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October 26, 2009 DURHAM, N.C. -- Next month, the Veterans Affairs Department will deploy an automated tool that will make a "big difference" in the processing of claims for education benefits for veterans attending college under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told Nextgov late last week. Read the full story...

Honoring Marine Maj. Corky Ram

October 23, 2009 DURHAM, N.C. -- I'm at Duke University this Friday for dedication of a memorial to the Duke graduates who lost their lives on active duty since World War II, including the best company commander I ever had the privilege to serve, Maj. Cornelius "Corky" Ram. Corky had a gift of...

Oops, Forgot That Education Data

October 22, 2009 The Veterans Affairs Department manages a whole bunch of claims -- for disability, education and even burial benefits. Until this month, the department presented data on pending claims in a relatively straightforward fashion in a spreadsheet called the Monday Morning Workload Report. But starting on Oct. 5, the Veterans Benefits...

Loran Gets 3 Month Reprieve

October 22, 2009 The Coast Guard-operated Long Range Navigation system (Loran) managed to survive the Obama administration's cancellation attempts until at least January thanks to language in the final version of the Homeland Security Department Appropriations bill, which awaits the president's signature. The conference report on the bill, which the House and Senate...

What's at Stake in VistA Project

October 20, 2009 As I reported last week, the Veterans Affairs Department asked the Industry Advisory Council for its help in modernizing its venerable, but more than two-decade-old, Veterans Health Information System and Technology Architecture, or VistA. The first meeting of the IAC VistA Industry Advisory Council was held on Oct. 14 and...

First Texting, Now GPS

October 19, 2009 According to New York State Gov. David Paterson, it's time to add truckers, who might be following GPS-enabled map systems, to texting drivers as the latest high-tech road hazard. Last week, Paterson introduced legislation to confiscate trucks whose GPS systems guide them onto roads that have bridges too low for...

Mullen, CBS' Couric Share a Barber?

October 16, 2009 Well, if not the same barber, definitely the same haircut. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chefs of Staff, joked during a speech last night at the annual Alfred E. Smith Foundation dinner in New York, where CBS News anchor Katie Couric was one of the guests. In other...

Military retiree launches virtual Army Family Support Center

October 16, 2009 The Army has developed a range of online resources to support the families of soldiers, especially deployed troops, but these can take hours of Web searches to locate and organize. Jaque Davison, a retired Army helicopter pilot who has nearly three decades of experience in the construction of 3-D objects...

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