In Depth Show Blog – September 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.

Today’s guests:


Marsha Berry
Software Engineering Directorate
Army Game Studio

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One of the Army’s best recruiting tools is the video game America’s Army. It turns 11-years old this year and now the Army’s polishing up a sequel. Marsha Berry is Software Engineering Directorate at Army Game Studio.

Dr. Timothy O’Leary
Acting Director
Department of Veterans Affairs Research & Development

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National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month is this month. The Department of Veterans Affairs has a leading role in helping people — especially vets — recover from spine injuries as much as possible. And some of the treatments sound “bionic.” Dr. Timothy O’Leary, acting director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Research & Development, explained the task for the VA.

Mike Sullivan
Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues
Government Accountability Office

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The Next Generation Jammer helps military aircraft jam enemy air defenses and communications. The program is working, but the Government Accountability Office finds some overlap is possible. Mike Sullivan, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the GAO, explains why he was looking at the NGJ and what he found.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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No more loans for federal employees coming from the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund. Bob Tobias, board president for FEEA, says his organization is out of money. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says FEEA is up against a historic head wind.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The 52nd annual Combined Federal Campaign is focused less on total dollars and more on the people behind the money. The annual workplace fundraiser kicks off with a new slogan and a new approach to getting the word out. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller reports on the plans behind the 2013 CFC.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Virtually everyone in the Pentagon believes that a second year of sequestration would be more painful that what the department went through in 2013. But the official who oversees acquisition and research and development matters believes his programs will be hit twice as hard as the rest of the DoD budget.

Also on the Show:

On Pentagon Solutions, we listened to highlights from an event at the Heritage Foundation called “Mayday, the Decline of American Naval Supremacy.” It featured Seth Cropsey, former Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He talked about the basics of the Navy’s struggles by defining what mayday actually means and how it describes its present-day challenges.

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