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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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Pentagon Slashes Army Tactical Radio Buy

March 4, 2014 This story has been updated with additional information about space system funding. The Defense Department is requesting $1.2 billion less for command and control and space-based systems in 2015 over what Pentagon officials asked for in 2014. The $6.6 billion request for command and control systems in 2015 is down ...

Sexting, Valet Parking and Luxury Travel at VA

March 4, 2014 The Veteran’s Affairs Department Inspector General has reported a wild and sad tale of an unidentified ratings service representative in Nashville, Tenn., who among other things “downloaded Skype software onto his agency laptop for sexting close personal friends.” At the same time this unnamed Veterans Benefit Administration employee had the ...

10,000 Year Nuclear Waste Storage Site Fails After 15 years

February 27, 2014 The Department of Energy’s underground nuclear waste storage plant in New Mexico was designed to safely store plutonium and other nuclear waste for 10,000 years, eons longer than recorded history. That’s because plutonium’s half-life -- the time it takes to decay -- runs from days to thousands of years. The ...

Workers Exposed to Radiation at Nuclear Weapons Waste Dump

February 27, 2014 The Department of Energy has acknowledged that 13 workers at its nuclear waste dump 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M., tested positive for radiological contamination following an underground leak on Feb. 14. Exposed personnel were working above ground at the 16-square-mile facility, Joe Franco, manager of the Energy Carlsbad Field ...

Army Cancels High-Tech Combat Vehicle Project

February 25, 2014 This story has been updated with Army comment. The Army has decided to cancel a high-tech ground combat vehicle project that the Congressional Budget Office estimated would cost $29 billion, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Pentagon press briefing. Hagel, in a preview Monday of the Defense Department’s 2015 budget ...

Let’s Charge Wireless Bandwidth Hogs Extra

February 25, 2014 Spectrum is a finite and valuable resource that to me seems increasingly devoted to truly frivolous uses – such as wireless binge viewing of House of Cards on an iThing rather than watching at home on a wired connection. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration thinks a good way to ...

Pentagon Wants to Share Spectrum With Broadband Providers, Not Auction It

February 24, 2014 The Pentagon no longer plans to hand over to industry spectrum it now considers vital to national security, a reversal from a broad policy position outlined by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in March 2012. The new Defense Department spectrum strategy, detailed by Chief Information Officer Teri Takai at ...

The Mental Health Toll of the Long Wars

February 20, 2014 Almost a million troops who served in Afghanistan or Iraq have been diagnosed with at least one psychological disorder either during or after deployment; almost half of these members had multiple disorders, the Institute of Medicine said in a report released Thursday. The report, Preventing Psychological Disorders in Service Members ...

Plutonium Leak Detected Near Underground Nuclear Waste Plant

February 20, 2014 Energy Department officials confirmed that trace leaks of plutonium have been detected in the air outside the country’s only underground nuclear waste repository, located 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M. An independent monitoring organization first detected the leaks over the weekend after an air monitor within the storage facility, the ...

Pentagon to Detail Plans for Spectrum Auction

February 19, 2014 Spectrum management once used to be something of interest to radio geeks like me, but now that seemingly everyone in the country over the age of 3 has an iThing, the topic has widespread implications. Which is probably why the Pentagon Channel will stream live at 11 a.m. EST tomorrow ...