In Depth Show Blog – June 12, 2013

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Today’s guests:


Joseph Westphal
U.S. Army

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Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal joined In Depth with Francis Rose for an hour-long discussion including the upcoming 238th birthday of the Army, the drawdown in Afghanistan and how sequestration cuts are impacting force readiness.

Click here to view a picture of Undersecretary Westphal in studio with Francis Rose.

Susan Kelly
Special Adviser for the Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition

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The unemployment rate for veterans is headed down, but the Defense Department wants to erase it completely. DoD is in the middle of turning its service members into what it calls a “career-ready military.” Dr. Susan Kelly, the special adviser for the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) at the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy, joins In Depth with more.

Ray Brady
Manager of the National Renewable Energy Coordination Office
Bureau of Land Management

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Some 200,000 homes in the western U.S. could be getting their power from federal land. The Bureau of Land Management at the Interior Department will oversee three renewable-energy projects that will generate over 500 megawatts of power when they’re complete. Ray Brady, the manager of the National Renewable Energy Coordination Office at the Bureau of Land Management, joins In Depth with more information about the initiative.

Secretary Jewell Announces Approval of Three Renewable Energy Projects in Arizona and Nevada (related link)

Shawn Moran
Vice President
National Border Patrol Council

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Revamping an old pay system at Customs and Border Protection is the goal of a bill from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). His Border Patrol Pay Reform Act has support from the National Border Patrol Council. Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol council, joins In Depth to discuss what the legislation would do.

More about CBP pay reform

Jared Serbu
Federal News Radio

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing the first-ever cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure systems. It’s one of the many job NIST has under the President’s February executive order on cybersecurity. But NIST says for the plan to work, it’ll need to mostly stay out of the way and let industry drive the process. Details from Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu.

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"In Depth" host Francis Rose and Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)