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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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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....

Hill doesn't give Obama all the Ag tech spending he asked for

October 2, 2009 Congress approved $400 million on Wednesday for loans to expand broadband to rural areas, far less than what the White House requested. The amount, which is included in the fiscal 2010 appropriations bill for the Agriculture Department, falls $131.7 million, or 25 percent, less than what the Obama administration requested....

An Earmark Windbag Called MARIAH

October 1, 2009 Sen. John McCain spent a good bit of time on the Senate floor this week battling earmarks that his colleagues want to stuff into the 2010 Defense appropriations bill. One such earmark included this: a Montana project called the Magnetohydrodynamics Accelerator Research Into Advanced Hypersonics wind tunnel, or MARIAH. Since...

National Guard sends IT equipment to support tsunami relief in Samoa

October 1, 2009 A main road in the downtown area of Fagatogo, American Samoa is flooded by water on Tuesday.Fili Sagapolutele/AP Less than 24 hours after a tsunami with 20-foot waves roared ashore on American Samoa on Monday, the Hawaii National Guard loaded communications equipment on an Air Force C-17 cargo plane to...

GI Bill Payments Offered Online

September 30, 2009 Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced that starting on Friday veterans who have not yet received their GI bill payments for school tuition and housing will be able to apply online off the VA's Web site, which also has further details on the emergency payment program. Shinseki said on Sept....

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