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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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Navy Finds a Use for Old Tech

June 28, 2007 Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Va. â€" When the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group deploys this fall it will use communications that have a high-tech twist on one of the oldest forms of radio communications that the Navy used in the days of Morse Code, said officials of...

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Military stifles Web-based health records system

June 27, 2007 Two Defense Department medical agencies have attempted to stall the deployment of a popular Internet-based health records system in favor of pursuing their own systems costing hundreds of times as much, according to congressional sources and documents furnished to Government Executive. Defense's Military Health System and the Army Medical Department...

The Incongruous Sec. 'Low-Tech' Gates

June 22, 2007 A disturbing, yet a mostly unnoticed, quote by Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared at the bottom of an Associated Press article about 1,500 Pentagon PCs being taken offline because of cyberattacks. The AP reports, "When asked if his own e-mail account was affected, Gates revealed, 'I don't do e-mail. I'm...

Navy CIO: No Fear of Integration

June 22, 2007 Virginia Beach, VA â€" Any IT system developer will tell you: When you integrate existing systems, there's a high probability that the system will have bugs and glitches, which if serious enough could make the bigger system inoperable. But Rob Carey, the chief information officer for the Navy, says the...

Air Force Commander: Stop Looking for IEDs from Above

June 20, 2007 Though the Air Force has used a wide range of manned and unmanned aircraft to try to locate improvised explosive devices -- the single largest cause of casualties to U.S. forces in Iraq -- a top Air Force commander bluntly sums up that approach as a waste of effort and...

Electronic Health Records Must Prove Their Worth

June 19, 2007 If adopting electronic health records does not improve the quality of health care Americans receive, as well as cut the soaring costs of health care, the digital records will become just one more large cost burden on the American health system, said Robert Kolodner, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

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Army, Air Force seek to go on offensive in cyber war

June 13, 2007 In an unusual act of candor, both the Army and Air Force in the past two months have issued solicitations asking the computer industry to provide technologies the services can use to wage offensive cyberattacks against enemy computer systems. The Army's Communication and Electronics Command last month released an announcement...

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Army weighs using RFID network partially owned by Chinese firm

June 12, 2007 The Army is considering using a radio frequency identification network in Pakistan that is partly owned by a Chinese company to track shipments to American forces in Afghanistan, according to internal briefing materials obtained by Government Executive. The Defense Department has used RFID tags with a range of 300 feet...

Navy Wants to Cut Out "Excessive" Web Sites -- Like the Chess Site?

June 11, 2007 The Navy has had it with what it calls the “unmanaged proliferation” of Navy Web sites, and Admiral Mike Mullen, Chief of Naval Operations and nominated last week to become chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sent out a message June 7 to curb the growth. The message said...

Send In The Radio Droids

June 7, 2007 Tactical radio communications in urban areas suffer due to buildings which reflect or absorb signals, making it difficult for troops to communicate. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Information Processing Technology Office wants to try to solve this problem with a program aimed at developing robotic autonomous radio relay nodes...