In Depth Show Blog – June 19, 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:


Katherine Hammack
Assistant Secretary of the Army
for Installations, Energy & Environment

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Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment, joins In Depth with Francis Rose for the Pentagon Solutions feature. Hammack discusses the largest renewable energy project in military history at Fort Bliss, Texas, as well as the Army’s latest efforts to shed excess infrastructure.

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Jason Healey
Director of the Cyber State Initiative
Atlantic Council

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The heat is rising on the US-China cyber dialogue. The US official say China is hack us more than ever. But Chinese officials say we hack them more than they hack us. Behind this back-and-forth, the Defense Department is getting closer to defining terms and concepts surrounding cyber conflict. Jason Healey, director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council, is preparing for a deep dive on the US-China cyber relationship.

Col. David Clark
DoD’s 60th anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee

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Preparations are under way now at the Defense Department for an important milestone in the military’s history. July 27 marks the signing of the peace agreement that ended the Korean War 60 years ago. Col. David Clark, the Director of DoD’s 60th anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee, joins In Depth with more.

Michael O’Hanlon
Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution

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The most expensive program at the Defense Department is the F-35 program. It’s also one of the most controversial. That program got an in-depth look in the Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee today. One of the witnesses there was Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow for foreign policy at the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution.

Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet (related story)

John Sindelar
Sindelar Group

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A new leader at the top of the Office of Governmentwide Policy at the General Services Administration has some industry insiders worried about lines of communication between agency and industry. John Sindelar, of the Sindelar Group, joins In Depth with more.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Veterans Affairs Department is borrowing a Defense Department concept and creating a cadre of program and project management experts. VA would call upon these experts to help with complex projects. Glenn Haggstrom, VA’s principal executive director of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction, tells executive editor Jason Miller about how Veterans Affairs is improving its management of difficult programs.

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Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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This may not come as a huge surprise, but the topsy-turvy budget climate of 2013 is taking a severe toll on the morale of the financial management workforce throughout the Defense Department. A year ago, 86 percent of senior executives in the DoD budget world said they liked their jobs “a lot”. Today, the figure is 53 percent. The findings are part of an annual survey by the American Society of Military Comptrollers and Grant Thornton. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Lou Crenshaw, the leader of Grant Thornton’s aerospace and defense practice, tells Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu a majority of DoD financial managers are reporting unprecedented challenges.

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