In Depth Show Blog – January 29, 2014

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:

The Department of Defense is looking at many different possibilities for budget savings. But the choices are becoming more limited as Congress tells the Pentagon what it can’t cut. That leaves the department with fewer and fewer choices, and those choices get worse and worse. Todd Harrison, senior fellow at the Center For Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and his colleague Mark Gunzinger are writing in The Wall Street Journal about this. Harrison was Francis Rose’s guest on Pentagon Solutions.


Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The new secretary of the Air Force says it’s already clear to her that there are “systemic” problems in the service’s nuclear workforce. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has more on her assessment so far, and the Air Force’s search for fixes.

Sen. Max Baucus
Senator Finance Committee Chairman

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is the White House nominee to become the next ambassador to China. He testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday for his nomination hearing. In his opening statement, he says the U.S’s relationship with China is one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world.

Richard Spires
Resilient Network Systems

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The federal government’s data center consolidation effort is in flux because of definitions and quantities. Agencies have more data centers than first thought, mainly because what a data center is shifts. But when your agency comes through the consolidation process, your infrastructure will probably look rather familiar. Richard Spires is CEO of Resilient Network Systems and former Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Changing the entrenched federal acquisition culture is the goal of a new set of recommendations from the Defense Department and the General Services Administration. They make six recommendations for addressing cybersecurity issues at the very beginning of any procurement. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller shares details on how DoD and GSA want to ensure cybersecurity isn’t bolted on after the fact any more.

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