In Depth interviews – September 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:

Yonah AlexanderHead of the Potomac Institute’s International Center for Terrorism Studies


Unrest overseas has led to the death of an ambassador, and it’s raising questions about diplomatic security across the world.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ International Center for Terrorism Studies, hosted a panel discussion on diplomatic security to examine some of the issues surrounding the death of Amb. Chris Stevens and other State Department officials at the U.S. consulate in Libya.

Professor Yonah Alexander, the director for the International Center for Terrorism Studies and a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, joins In Depth to discuss the threats faced by diplomatic employees.

Dr. Robert ShapiroFormer Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs

Economic issues, such as the impending fiscal cliff, could have huge repercussions for the federal workforce.

Dr. Robert Shapiro, the chairman of Sonecon and the former undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, joins In Depth to discuss the biggest issues facing federal employees if sequestration happens and the government tumbles off a fiscal cliff.

Mark FormanCo-founder and President, Government Transaction Services

The first major federal IT reform in almost a decade could be on its way through Congress. Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee has introduced the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. The bill would try to solve a long list of problems faced by agency chief information officers.

Mark Forman, the former administrator for E-Government and Information Technology and the co-founder and president of Government Transaction Services, joins In Depth to discuss the proposed reforms and whether they go far enough in addressing the IT concerns facing agencies today.

David BerteauSenior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Defense Department’s contract spending for 2013 is still a mystery. But a look into the latest spending trends could give you some clues about how much money might go where.

David Berteau, the senior vice president and director of the International Security Program at the Center for International and Strategic Studies, discusses CSIS’ annual report on defense contract spending and discusses the major trends.

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.

Greg GarciaSenior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Draft language for a cyber security executive order is out from the White House. The administration is trying to do what Congress didn’t, when they left for election season without passing cyber legislation.

Greg Garcia, principal at Garcia Cyber Partners, and former assistant secretary for Cyber Security and Communications at the Homeland Security Department, shares his take on the draft EO and whether it addresses the most important cybersecurity concerns facing the government.

White House testing approach called for in draft cyber order (related story)

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

In Depth brings you the latest cybersecurity and defense news. Below, find links to the stories mentioned.

VA to Award Mobile System Contract (GovInfoSecurity)

Lodging rates increase Oct. 1 (Air Force Personnel Center)