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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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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...

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. Todd Park, chief development officer for Athenahealth, has been named CTO of Health and Human Services. "My entire professional career has focused on developing technologies...

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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

McCain: Investigate MHS Contract

August 3, 2009 Sen. John McCain , R-Ariz., read my entire story on the earmarks Adara Networks had received from Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., for work on Military Health System information technology projects. He then called on the Senate floor for a full investigation of those contracts, something the Defense Department inspector general...

Air Force checked blogs, Twitter to gauge New Yorkers' anger about flyover

August 3, 2009 The Air Force closely monitored blogs and social networking sites, including counting the number of messages posted every minute on Twitter, to gauge the swift and angry public reaction to the flyover of Air Force One during a photo shoot in New York City in April, according to internal e-mails...

VA Claim in Appeal? Wait 639 Days

July 31, 2009 That's what Daniel Bertoni, director of education, workforce, and income security at the Government Accountability Office, told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee this week on the need to improve how the department processes a growing mountain of disability claims. Much of VA's problems in processing disability claims, which totaled 1.6...

Army awards contracts to build sophisticated supply chain network

July 31, 2009 The Army announced on Thursday that it awarded contracts worth more than $418 million to manage what will become the "most sophisticated supply chain system" network the Defense Department has created, a winning bidder said. Five companies received awards for the Automatic Identification Technology IV system, which covers the supply...

Social Networking Vulnerabilities

July 30, 2009 The Defense Department has started to analyze the vulnerabilities of social networking sites and Web 2.0 technologies such as Facebook and Twitter, Pentagon spokesman Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Butterbaugh said in a statement. Butterbaugh said Defense plans to develop a new policy governing Web 2.0 technologies, but did not...

The Senator, Adara and Lost Rabbit

July 30, 2009 As I reported on Wednesday, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss, has earmarked just more than $5 million for Adara Networks to work on information technology projects at the Military Health System and has another $10 million pending earmark for Adara in the fiscal 2010 Defense appropriations bill. Why, oh why, I...

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