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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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Marines and Social Nets: We Goofed

August 7, 2009 Despite more than 1,000 news reports to the contrary, the Marine Corps did NOT ban access to social network sites this week. In fact, in a statement, the Marine Corps said, "Marines are encouraged to tell their stories on social networking sites, using personal accounts, remembering the importance of operational ...

U.K. Defence Ministry encourages troops to use social media

August 7, 2009 While the Pentagon studies the vulnerabilities of social networking sites, the United Kingdom's Defence Ministry issued a policy on Thursday that encouraged its troops to "blog, Tweet and engage online." According to the Online Engagement Guidelines, U.K. troops "can make full use of Web sites such as Facebook and YouTube ...

Are VA and Defense Chopped Liver?

August 6, 2009 That's the assumption I made after viewing today's meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which had an in-depth discussion on President Obama's national health IT plan. Somehow they ignored electronic health record systems that cover 9.2 million patients in the Defense Department and another 6.1 ...

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From Nextgov.com: Google, Microsoft executives criticize Obama's e-health records plan

August 6, 2009 Top executives at Google and Microsoft sharply questioned the structure of the Obama administration's $20 billion health information technology plan at a meeting of a presidential technology council on Thursday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Google, Microsoft executives criticize Obama's e-health records plan

August 6, 2009 Google CEO Eric Schmidt says patients should have access to their records in a national health network.Newscom Top executives at Google and Microsoft sharply questioned the structure of the Obama administration's $20 billion health information technology plan at a meeting of a presidential technology council on Thursday. Eric Schmidt, chairman ...

Defense hands over commercial satellite procurement to GSA

August 6, 2009 The General Services Administration will manage the purchase of $5 billion worth of commercial satellite services during the next 10 years for all federal agencies, including the Defense Department, under an agreement announced on Thursday. According to the pact between the agency and the Defense Information Systems Agency, GSA will ...

Another Stolen Laptop

August 5, 2009 Laptops containing personnel information from departments like Veterans Affairs and Education keep going on unauthorized walks. Now it's the National Guard Bureau's turn, which alerted soldiers on Wednesday of a stolen laptop. Ray Noller, a spokesman for the bureau, the Pentagon outfit that oversees the Army and Air Force national ...

Head of Joint Chiefs bucks social media ban in a Tweet

August 5, 2009 While the Marine Corps banned the use of social networking sites on Tuesday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a budding Tweeter, strongly backed the use of the social networking site in a message he posted on Twitter. "Obviously we need to find right balance between security and ...

A Social Network Happy Medium

August 4, 2009 Maj. Gen. Hank Morrow, commander of Air Force North, which is responsible for defending U.S. airspace, thinks a common sense approach to using social network sites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube can assure security that will allow service members to continue relying on the communications tools. Morrow wrote ...

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From Nextgov.com: HHS names Parks as chief technology officer

August 4, 2009 The Health and Human Services Department has tapped the co-founder of a company that sells management software for doctors to serve as chief technology officer. Read the full story on Nextgov.com