In Depth Show Blog – July 24, 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.

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Pentagon Solutions
Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

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On today’s Pentagon Solutions, sponsored by DRS Technologies, Francis Rose discusses Quadrennial Defense Review with Doug Wilson, senior fellow in residence at the Truman Project and Center for National Policy. In Wilson’s recent opinion piece, “Ditch the QDR” published in “Defense One,” he argues the Pentagon has already met its four requirements of the 2014 QDR.

Steve Kelman
Professor of Public Management
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government

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Tight budgets make fulfilling your agency’s mission difficult, but for your team, sequestration might actually make your mission easier.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Defense Department is scrubbing its financial books to see if it can cut furlough days for its civilian employees. But Defense officials warn House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee members furloughs could turn into layoffs if sequestration continues into fiscal 2014. Congressman Rob Wittman is the chairman of the House Readiness Subcommittee. He spoke with Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller about the Defense Department’s briefing and what civilian employees should expect.

Adam Sedgewick
Senior Technology Policy Advisor
National Institute for Standards and Technology

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The creation of a national standard for cybersecurity is moving along for the National Institute for Standards and Technology. NIST is reviewing the results of a third workshop to build the voluntary cybersecurity framework, and they’ve already scheduled the fourth.

David Berteau
Senior Vice President and Director, International Security Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

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The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review is due in February of next year, and that’s the bad news. The good news is, the Pentagon may have a bit of a head start on the QDR this time around.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)
Homeland Security Transportation Security Subcommittee

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Problems in procurement at the Transportation Security Administration have Congress’s attention — on both sides of the aisle. The chairmen and ranking members of the House Homeland Security Committee and the transportation security subcommittee are co-sponsoring a bill to change TSA’s procurement process.

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