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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 Reform Thing's Catching On

June 30, 2009 In a familiar refrain, a top military leader on June 26 said, "We should fashion our military structure not for the wars of the last century, but for the real wars of today." This sure sounds like something straight from either Defense Secretary Robert Gates or Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman ...

Poetry, radio and Web 2.0 tools part of the battle in Afghanistan

June 30, 2009 Rear Adm. Greg Smith, the strategic communications director for NATO and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, knows how he can help that nation's government communicate better with its citizens: poetry, FM radio and Web 2.0 technologies. Smith, a career Navy public affairs officer, said in a phone interview from Kabul with ...

Cost of Selling 'Net Monitoring to Iran

June 29, 2009 In the case of Siemens Medical, the answer comes out to at least $267 million, the value of the three-year contract the Defense Department awarded the company in March for radiology systems. That contract, as well as a whole mess of other business Siemens Medical does with the federal government, ...

Senators want to bar contracts to foreign companies selling IT to Iran

June 29, 2009 Two senators plan to introduce a bill that would bar foreign companies that sell technology to Iran from receiving federal contracts. Sens. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said they wrote up the legislation after the Wall Street Journal reported on June 22 that a joint venture of ...

A Cloud for the GI Bill System

June 26, 2009 At the Thursday hearing hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee on the post-9/11 GI bill, Mark Krause, a Veterans Affairs Department program manager who works at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, said he is eyeing the use of cloud computing to host a spiffy ...

House panel rejects funding for integrated case system at Justice

June 26, 2009 The House Appropriations Committee withheld $42.2 million from the Justice Department's 2010 budget request for deploying the Litigation Case Management System, which a March report by the Justice inspector general called "significantly behind schedule, over budget and at significant risk of not meeting the department's long-term enterprise litigation case management." ...

CTO Levin to Do VA's Tech Vision Thing

June 25, 2009 The Veterans Affairs Department has hired Peter Levin, a White House fellow in the Clinton administration, as its new chief technology officer in the office of the secretary and senior advisor to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Press Secretary Katie Roberts told me. Roberts said Levin -- a tech whiz who ...

Ondra Not a candidate for VA Post

June 25, 2009 On Monday I suggested that Dr. Stephen Ondra, an Army Gulf War vet who is a professor of neurological surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, had the inside track for appointment as under secretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration. Not so, said ...

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From Nextgov.com: VA says it's on schedule to process new education claims on time

June 25, 2009 When Congress passed a bill expanding veterans benefits to include generous tuition and cost-of-living payments, veterans groups and critics worried the Veterans Affairs Department didn't have time to build a computer system to process the applications. But VA is processing claims faster than it receives them thanks to new information ...

VA says it's on schedule to process new education claims on time

June 25, 2009 When Congress passed a bill expanding veterans benefits to include generous tuition and cost-of-living payments, veterans groups and critics worried the Veterans Affairs Department didn't have time to build a computer system to process the applications. But VA is processing claims faster than it receives them thanks to new information ...