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Lynne Mofenson — Branch chief for the pediatric, adolescent and maternal AIDS branch, National Institutes of Health
In the 1980s, an AIDS diagnosis was considered a death sentence. Even more troubling was the number of children who contracted the disease from their mother.
But thanks in part to the work of Dr. Lynne Mofenson, future generations won’t have to worry about being born with HIV or AIDS. The State Department has made ending mother-to-child HIV transmission a U.S. policy priority.
For her career of distinguished services, the National Institutes of Health branch chief has been selected as a finalist for a Service to America Medal.
Col. Gregory Conti — Director of West Point’s Information Technology Operations Center
In just the last three years, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have all stood up their own cyber commands under the auspices of U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade.
But somewhere down the road, might the military have an entire branch that handles nothing but cyber warfare? It’s a distinct possibility, according to Col. Gregory Conti, a professor at West Point and the director of the military academy’s Information Technology Operations Center.
He joins In Depth to discuss the military’s progress toward honing its cyber capabilities and where things are headed.
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Brian Lepore — Director of Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO
The Defense Department wants to conduct another couple rounds of base realignments and closures as part of the new defense strategy the Pentagon rolled out earlier this year. So far though, Congress has said no, partly because of the higher-than-expected cost from the last BRAC round.
A new analysis from the Government Accountability Office described just how much higher. GAO reported the one-time costs for the BRAC round that wrapped up last year were 67 percent greater than what the BRAC commission estimated in 2005 — a total of $35 billion in last year’s dollars.
Brian Lepore, GAO’s director for Defense capabilities and management. He joins us to talk about what’s behind those increased costs and decreased savings.