In Depth interviews – June 27

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today’s guests:

Arthur Friedlander Senior Scientist with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases


Anthrax attacks on postal service facilities and congressional offices after Sept. 11 generated widespread fear throughout the country. The terrorist scares also gave biochemical attacks a higher place on radar screens of military and homeland security officials.

Dr. Arthur Friedlander, a senior scientist with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, led a team that worked on vaccines for several diseases that could come from a bio-terror attack, for which he has been nominated for a Service to America medal.

His leadership culminated in the development of a new multi-component plague vaccine proven effective against pneumonic plague in animal models. The vaccine is currently in human clinical trials.

Click here to see the full list of nominees for the Service to America Medals

Chuck RomineDirector of NIST Information Technology Lab

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, a center focused on public-private collaboration to accelerate the widespread adoption of integrated cybersecurity tools and technologies, hosted a workshop Tuesday at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland.

Chuck Romine, the director of NIST’s Information Technology Lab attended the launch. He talked to Francis Rose about the center’s longterm goals, who’s involved and how the kickoff event went.

Read More: Cybersecurity center aims at increasing business-government collaboration

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily Cybersecurity Update. For more cybersecurity news, click here.

Also on the show:

Pentagon Solutions: Sequestration worries uniformed leaders, Congress
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, in a visit to the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, discussed the challenges facing the Defense Department. Also, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) discussed the challenges of sequestration in a keynote address at a Brookings Institution event.

NSA shares leadership secrets to mission success