In Depth interviews – June 26

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today’s guests:

Andrew Krepinevich President, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Courtesy: CSBA

The budget challenges at the Defense Department are new, but this isn’t the first time militaries have been reshaped because of money problems.

Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, the president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, co-authored a report on the new budget environment, “Strategy in Austerity.”

The report examines how the U.S. can “sustain its global position while facing the prospect of relative decline and an extended period of fiscal austerity.”

Tom ShoopEditor-in-Chief, Government Executive

Balancing work and family life is always challenging. But a recent article in The Atlantic by a former high-ranking State Department official has led to further speculation about whether it’s truly possible to achieve.

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive, who wrote about the article on his GovExec blog, shares his perspective.

Col. Jordan Thomas, Air Force lead for the Air-Sea Battle Office

Capt. Philip Dupree, U.S. Navy

The “Air-Sea Battle” concept isn’t quite what it sounds like — in fact, the name itself is kind of a misnomer. Col. Jordan Thomas, the commander of the 3d Infantry Regiment of the Old Guard, at Fort Meyer, Va., along with U.S. Navy Capt. James DuPree co-authored an article explaining what the Air-Sea Battle concept is and what it is not.

“It is not a strategy, it is not designed to threaten other nations and it is not just the manifestation of traditional joint operations,” Thomas and DuPree wrote in their article, “Air-Sea Battle: Clearing the Fog.”

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Larry AllenPresident, Allen Federal Business Partners

Larry Allen, the president of Allen Federal Business Partners, says the government’s real-estate consolidation efforts could mean more opportunities for schedule contractors.

“Efforts to consolidate agency operations by combining offices and consolidating locations could lead to business. Everything from moving and storage services, to new telecomm arrangements, furniture, office equipment, and more could be needed by impacted federal agencies,” Allen writes in his weekly newsletter.

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Guy TimberlakeChief Visionary Officer, American Small Business Coalition

Guy Timberlake, the chief visionary officer of the American Small Business Coalition, discussed some large companies’ habit of “losing the phone number” of small businesses after a contract has been awarded.

“In some cases, the cause for subcontractors not getting work is due to changes in scope or funding, while other times it stems from primes using small companies to ‘represent’ them as part of their required small business subcontracting plan,” Timberlake wrote on his ASBC blog. “Many times the plan from the start is not to include these small businesses in post-award activities.”

Also on the show:

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs reviewed the Veterans Benefits Administration Transformation Plan, the agency’s plan for processing claims more quickly by bolstering technology and adding staff.

Linda Halliday, VA’s assistant inspector general for Audits and Evaluations, and Gen. Allison Hickey, VA’s undersecretary for benefits testified before the committee.

IT Alliance calls for international cyber cooperation

UK LulzSec hackers plead guilty to CIA hacks