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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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From Nextgov.com: Defense plans to install presidential network that can survive a nuclear attack

June 17, 2009 The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to install a presidential network in the Washington area this year that will be able to survive an attack by a nuclear weapon that generates a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP), which can burn out circuit boards and other electronic devices, according to budget documents. ...

Baker Wonders Where's the Privacy?

June 16, 2009 At a meeting held by the Health IT policy committee on Tuesday, Roger Baker, the Veterans Affairs Department's new chief information officer, injected a dose of practical reality to the very wonkish discussion of what "meaningful use" of electronic health record systems means -- as required by the 2009 American ...

A Joint Cyber Command Office

June 16, 2009 The House Armed Services Committee decided to tinker around with Defense Department cyber stuff in its version of the fiscal 2010 Defense authorization bill and inserted language calling for the department to establish "a joint program office for cyber operations capabilities." The report said the new program office will "assist ...

Men in Gray

June 16, 2009 I've been poking around a pile of fiscal 2010 budget justification documents that recently surfaced on the Defense Department Comptroller Web site. I found a rather yummy item in the proposed procurement budget for the Defense Information Systems Agency. Slogging through hundreds of pages of teeny type, I came across ...

Group tackles definition of 'meaningful use' for e-health records

June 16, 2009 The United States can develop an electronic health record system that could, within the next five years, help prevent a million heart attacks annually and reduce the number of medication errors by 50 percent, a top health official in New York City said on Tuesday. Farzad Mostashari, assistant commissioner of ...

China's 128 Cyberattacks a Minute

June 15, 2009 As the Defense Department slowly moves toward development of a cyber command, it sure looks like the United States needs some kind of defense against cyber aggression from China, even though no one in the Pentagon, quite diplomatically, pins such cyberattacks directly on the Chinese government. The Chinese cyberattackers -- ...

No Cyber Command Announcement

June 15, 2009 Though my colleagues in the chattering classes have pumped out megabytes of copy on formation of a new Defense Department cyber command over the past couple of days -- it's not happened yet. Pentagon spokesman Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Butterbaugh said Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn said in ...

Unlike Obama, Senate Likes GPS Backup

June 12, 2009 The Obama administration came up with a loopy plan to save a grand total of $36 million out of the proposed $3.5 trillion federal budget by canceling funding for the Coast-Guard-operated terrestrial Long Range Navigation system (Loran). A lot of folks (except the bean counters) view Loran as the only ...

A Real Hooah Airman

June 11, 2009 Although "hooah" is an Army term not used by the Air Force, in the case of Tech. Sgt. Darrell DeMotta, an Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controller I had the pleasure to meet this week at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., the term definitely applies. JTACs are Air ...

AHLTA Contest Winner Is . . .

June 10, 2009 Anonymous. Alas, I had singled out the best entry (actually two entries sent in by the same person) in the AHLTA definition contest, but the winner has chosen to remain anonymous. It seems person who submitted the entries fear that that the folks who run the Military Health System may ...