In Depth Show Blog – June 4, 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. Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio’s defense reporter, is filling in for Francis Rose today.

Today’s guests:


Harry Lubin
Chief Experimentation Branch Maneuver Battle Lab
Fort Benning

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Unmanned aerial systems, or what are colloquially known as drones, are pretty high tech. But the Defense Department is teaming up with Georgia Tech University to take to the next level — and take human beings one step further out of the chain of operating them. Harry Lubin is the chief of the Experimentation Branch Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Benning. The lab’s the site of an exercise tomorrow and Lubin tells In Depth they’ll be validating some new capabilities for UAVs.

Steven Grundman
George Lund Fellow for Emerging Defense Challenges
Atlantic Council

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Congress is taking a close look at the Army’s fiscal 2014 Modernization Plan. The Army says its highest priorities are equipping war fighters in Afghanistan during the draw down. But new budget realities are shaping the plan’s future outlook as well. Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow for Emerging Defense Challenges at the Atlantic Council and the Defense Department’s former deputy under secretary for industrial affairs and installations, joins In Depth with more.

Army’s 2014 modernization plan prioritizes Soldiers in fight (related link)

Dan Donohue
Husch Blackwell

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Just because an agency makes a significant mistake in a source selection doesn’t necessarily mean the contractor on the losing end can win a protest. One construction company learned that lesson recently in a protest decision by the Government Accountability Office. Dan Donohue, a partner at Husch Blackwell, examined the case recently on the firm’s “Contractor’s Perspective” blog.

Without prejudice, procurement errors are not enough to sustain a protest (related link)

Lt. Gen Jack Klimp (ret.)
President and CEO
National Association for Uniformed Services

The House Armed Services committee will start out Wednesday on its gargantuan, annual task of marking up and voting on its version of the Defense Authorization Bill for 2014. The bill covers every spending and policy issue from soup to nuts in the world of defense — including, every year, several important provisions on military personnel matters. So we thought it was a good time to check in with the National Association for Uniformed Services, an advocacy group for military members and retirees. Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, the group’s president and CEO, joins In Depth with his perspective.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Prominent defense experts from across the political spectrum are lining up behind a new call to reduce overhead in the Defense budget, saying that without fundamental management changes, internal cost drivers are destined to crowd out core military missions in the not-too-distant future.

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