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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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Debate heats up over cancellation of GPS backup system

May 11, 2009 The same day the that the Obama administration confirmed it planned to cancel a GPS backup system, the Government Accountability Office issued a report warning that delays in launching new satellites could imperil the performance of the navigational system. In his budget issued on May 7, President Obama recommended killing ...

The AHLTA Definition Contest

May 8, 2009 As dedicated What's fans know, AHLTA, the Defense Department's electronic health record system, used to be known as an acronym standing for the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application. But, as Pecksniffian readers pointed out to me in February, an Oct. 11, 2006, internal memo on the Military Health System ...

Familiar Faces On Baker's Bench

May 8, 2009 At the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the nomination of Roger Baker as chief information officer of the Veterans Affairs Department on May 6, committee chairman Daniel Akaka, D-HI, asked Baker to introduce any of his friends in the audience. Baker introduced individuals who may not be household names ...

Single Web site key for vets' combined medical, benefits record

May 8, 2009 The Veterans Affairs Department said in its proposed fiscal 2010 budget released on May 7 that it has placed a high priority on building a virtual lifetime electronic record, which will follow soldiers from active duty through their retirement, an initiative that the yet-to-be-confirmed VA chief information officer said last ...

The Budget: A 'Scintillating' Read

May 7, 2009 The fine print and programmatic details of President Obama's proposed fiscal 2010 budget runs 1,380 pages in an appendix, with each and every page worth a perusal, OMB director Peter Orszag told a press briefing this morning. Asked by a reporter to identify highlights in that heavyweight tome, Orzag declined ...

Future Combat Systems Minus Vehicles

May 7, 2009 As expected, the Obama administration took a budget axe to the Army Future Combat Systems program. It chopped all of the project's eight manned ground vehicles from the program for a savings of $22.9 billion, according to the Terminations, Reductions and Savings section of the proposed fiscal 2010 federal budget ...

Veterans Affairs seeks 6 percent hike in IT spending for fiscal 2010

May 7, 2009 Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, promised to use information technology to transform the department into a 21st century organization, and requested a more than 6 percent increase in its fiscal 2010 IT budget to meet that goal. VA asked for $3.4 billion for IT, up $205 million ...

Budget boosts spending on Defense communications

May 7, 2009 The Defense Department plans to spend $10.5 billion on command, control, communications and computer systems (C4) and $3.5 billion on communications satellite programs, according to the Obama administration's budget proposal released on Thursday. Defense did not provide comparable figures for C4 spending in fiscal 2009, but budget documents show the ...

Missed Buying an Enigma Machine

May 6, 2009 I like serendipity when it happens -- especially when it concerns something as odd as the current head of the National Security Agency and the German World War II encryption device known as the "Enigma Machine." NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander testified on May 5 at a hearing of ...

NSA director calls for a cyberspace Monroe Doctrine

May 6, 2009 The director of the National Security Agency said on Wednesday that the United States should develop a policy to protect cyberspace based on the nearly 200-year-old Monroe Doctrine, which declared that any effort to interfere with nations in the Western Hemisphere would be viewed as "dangerous to our peace and ...