Federal News Countdown: Secret intelligence budget revealed, war with Syria

Two experts in the world of the federal government choose and rank the three news stories from the current week that they think are most important to people who work for the federal government. This discussion gives Federal employees and contractors a chance to hear what their peers are thinking about, talking about and dealing with.

Guests on the Federal News Countdown:

  • Greg Garcia, principal at Garcia Cyber Partners and a member of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. He’s also the former asssistant secretary for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland security.

  • Gordon Adams, professor at American University and Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center. His the former associate airector for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.
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Greg Garcia’s stories:

#3 Secret Budget Reveals a U.S. intelligence-gathering giant (The Washington Post)

#2 Telling Citizens What Exactly Government Does Would Cost $100 Million (GovExec)

#1 Budget Battles Win Little Savings (The Washington Post)

Gordon Adams’ stories:

#3 Talks to Avert a Fiscal Crisis in the Fall End With No Result (The New York Times)

#2 US Spy Network’s Successes, Failures and Objectives detailed in “black budget” summary (The Washington Post)

#1 War with Syria: The Intersection of Interests and Ideology (Defense One)