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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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Kudos for fast VA Response

June 5, 2009 I have complained in the past about my queries to the VA going into as black hole. No more, thanks to Katie Roberts, the new VA press secretary. I sent Roberts an e-mail yesterday morning telling her I anticipated the Inspector General would release the SPAWAR report at 2:30 p.m. ...

Pile On for $1.5B Navy Contract

June 4, 2009 At least four major industry teams submitted bids on Wednesday for the Navy's Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) contract. And they were not shy about it. Both Boeing and Northrop Grumman touted their abilities in press releases, while BAE Systems signaled its bid this February. Lockheed Martin Corp. ...

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From Nextgov.com: VA 'relinquished oversight' of IT projects under agreement

June 4, 2009 A Veterans Affairs Department internal report released on Thursday found numerous contracting irregularities resulting from an agreement VA signed with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center to develop information technology systems, including a high-profile network to process veterans' educational benefits claims, which has a deadline for completion in August. ...

VA 'relinquished oversight' of IT projects under agreement

June 4, 2009 A Veterans Affairs Department internal report released on Thursday found numerous contracting irregularities resulting from an agreement VA signed with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center to develop information technology systems, including a high-profile network to process veterans' educational benefits claims, which has a deadline for completion in August. ...

NPS to Vets: Polish On -- Soon

June 3, 2009 Nick Hansen/hmdb.org The National Park Service plans to accommodate veterans and active duty troops who shine the base of the flagpole at the Vietnam Memorial. But it has asked the polishers to wait until it changes the patina from its original dark brown to a brighter finish, Stephen Lorenzetti, deputy ...

Vietnam Memorial Brass Polishing Update

June 2, 2009 No one seems to think it's a good idea for the National Park Service to bust a couple of veterans for polishing the brass on the base of the flagpole at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, based on the comments I received on an item I wrote on Monday. Joe Davis, ...

Bing, Brewin, Obama and DISA

June 2, 2009 Microsoft's Bing search engine went live today, and I decided to test it against Google with my all-time favorite search term, "Bob Brewin." I'm flattered that the first item returned in the Bob Brewin Bing search was my Nextgov biography. I guess this is relevant, particularly if a searcher wants ...

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From Nextgov.com: Air Force uses jets for long-range communications on battlefields

June 2, 2009 It's a truism of radio communication that the higher the antenna, the longer the range. The Air Force is deploying a system that in essence erects a radio antenna 40,000 feet above a combat zone to boost battlefield communications. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Air Force uses jets for long-range communications on battlefields

June 2, 2009 It's a truism of radio communication that the higher the antenna, the longer the range. The Air Force is deploying a system that in essence erects a radio antenna 40,000 feet above a combat zone to boost battlefield communications. The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node program includes a range of tactical ...

Park Police: Don't Shine That Brass

June 1, 2009 This bit goes under the heading of "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished." In my Memorial Day column I wrote about Army Sgt. Caleb Barrieau, an Iraq war veteran, who has spent one weekend day for the past three months polishing the brass service emblems at the base of the flagpole ...