Federal Drive Interviews — March 25, 2013

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Today’s guests:

Outside defense experts say: those inside the Pentagon never believed sequestration would actually happen. But now, it’s here to stay. Congress reaffirmed that last week when it refused to repeal the budget cuts. But those same outside experts say the Pentagon is still in denial, according to Federal News Radio’s DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.


Chet Nagle
The Committee on the Present Danger

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The Committee on the Present Danger is an anti-terrorism think tank formed back in the 1950s. It’s raising warnings about the state of the military today. Former CIA analyst and writer Chet Nagle is a member of the committee trying to raise the alarm. His story began last summer, when he wrote a letter on the committee’s behalf to Defense leaders. Nagle says he was concerned that the military wasn’t testing and deploying defensive systems in the Persian Gulf and Korean peninsula.

Terry Davidson
recruitment outreach branch chief
Department of State

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Do you dream of a job overseas, witnessing foreign events unfold before your eyes and representing your country to millions who may never set foot the United States? Well, there’s now an app for that. Sequestration or not, the State Department is hiring foreign service officers.

Michael Taylor
deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine
Food and Drug Administration

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The United States imports twice as much food nowadays as it did 10 years ago. The Food and Drug Administration hopes to reduce the risk to our health by talking more with other countries and increasing their food-safety programs.

Darrell Durst
vice president of cyber solutions
Lockheed Martin

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The Homeland Security Department is putting some of its family secrets in the hands of an outsider. It has signed a memorandum of agreement to send confidential agency data to Lockheed Martin. The company will examine the data for security threats. Lockheed calls it managed security services.


Monday morning federal headlines – March 25, 2013
The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today’s news, the government’s personnel chief is warning lawmakers to take extreme caution because the federal workforce is close to the breaking point.

DoD Report

Cybersecurity Update