author archives

Bob Brewin

Editor at Large

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.

Results 2421-2430 of 3077

from govexec

From Nextgov.com: Army tests weapons systems geared to the 20-something video gamer

July 21, 2009 White Sands Missile Range, N.M. -- Inside a mock village on the southwest edge of the 3,200-square-mile White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the Army tests combat systems that can trace their origins to the Roomba vacuum cleaner and the X-Box video game. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Leadership Still Trumps Digits

July 20, 2009 Maj. Gen. James Terry, director of the Army future forces integration directorate, standing in front of a hill at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., which I'm willing to take if properly motivated. I spent a couple of days last week hanging out with the Army Evaluation Task Force at White ...

VA Gets Real, Suspends 45 IT Projects

July 17, 2009 The Veterans Affairs Department on Friday said it halted development of 45 information technology projects that were behind schedule or over budget, with Secretary Eric Shinseki personally making the announcement. Shinseki, who promised to leverage technology to develop a 21st century VA during his confirmation hearing in January, said he ...

How Many Computer Centers?

July 16, 2009 The answer to that question may be 13, the number of computer centers operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency and none run by the Army, Navy or Air Force. That's the take of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which chopped $75 million each from the computing budget of the ...

What is Defense-VA Interoperability?

July 15, 2009 The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will achieve full interoperability of electronic health records by Sept. 30, Rear Admiral Gregory Timberlake, acting director of the Defense and VA interagency program office, told a House VA Committee hearing on Tuesday. Timberlake, testifying before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the ...

VA's Flexibility Over GI Bill Choices

July 14, 2009 This month I cautioned veterans to carefully weigh benefits available under the new post 9/11 GI bill and the older Montgomery GI bill, even though the package of benefits under the new bill, in most cases, provides a better financial deal than the old one. But not always, as an ...

Infighting Tanks Yet Another Project

July 13, 2009 The Senate Armed Services Committee directed the Defense Department to terminate a new command and control system modeled on commercial Web sites such as Travelocity due to unwillingness of the services to agree on a centrally managed system. The committee, in its report on the 2010 Defense Authorization Bill said ...

An IRS Approach for VA Claims?

July 10, 2009 That appears to be the thinking of the folks on the House Appropriations Committee, who think the Veterans Affairs Department could model its disability and pension claims process on electronic tax filing systems. In its report on the fiscal 2010 VA spending bill, the committee said advances in technology may ...

from govexec

From Nextgov.com: Panel approves record $3.3 billion IT budget for VA, with stipulations

July 10, 2009 The House and Senate Appropriations committees both approved a record $3.3 billion information technology budget for the Veterans Affairs Department for fiscal 2010, but the Senate restricted obligation of $1.1 billion in development funds until the department's chief information officer completes a review of VA IT systems. Read the full ...

Panel approves record $3.3 billion IT budget for VA, with stipulations

July 10, 2009 A review by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki (shown here) and CIO Roger Baker may shift funding for IT development.Susan Walsh/AP The House and Senate Appropriations committees both approved a record $3.3 billion information technology budget for the Veterans Affairs Department for fiscal 2010, but the Senate restricted obligation of $1.1 ...