In Depth Show Blog – July 15, 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:


Forum: The Future of Maritime Forces

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Logistical support will be a central tenet in the future of maritime warfare. The Marines and Navy will work together to provide the infrastructure and supplies for air and ground forces, according to Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps.

Amos spoke recently at at a military strategy forum on the future of maritime forces hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In Depth host Francis Rose plays highlights from the forum, which also included Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and the President and CEO of CSIS, John Hamre.

Dr. Todd Weber
Chief of the Prevention and Response Branch
CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

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The work of a team Dr. Todd Weber led at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now earning him and his team a top honor. Weber, the chief of the prevention and response branch at the CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, led a team of experts that identified the cause of 2012 meningitis outbreak. He’s a finalist for the Service to America Medal in the Citizen Services category.

View a photo gallery of all the Service to America finalists here.

Mark Forman
President and Co-founder
Government Transaction Services

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The money trail should get easier to follow at agencies across government. But the Government Accountability Office says that’s not the case. The House Oversight Committee told GAO agencies are having trouble using data to determine where to spend money. Mark Forman, president and co-founder of Government Transaction Services, is the former administrator for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget.

Gordon Adams
Professor of International Relations
School of International Service, American University

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Sequestration in 2014 could mean some serious trouble for the Pentagon. Secretary Chuck Hagel outlines what he expects to happen in a letter to the leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee. That letter may be a letter of resignation kind of. Gordon Adams, professor at American University and distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center, is a former OMB defense budget leader.

Brian LePore
Director of Defense Capabilities and Management
Government Accountability Office

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The drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq mean more troops will need space to practice their skills here at home, and the Defense Department is supposed to report to Congress on what’s available and where.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The No Labels Caucus will introduce a bill this week to apply more pressure on agencies to use strategic sourcing. The bill is one of nine the caucus of Democrats and Republicans are scheduled to release to make the government more efficient and effective. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller offers a sneak peak at the bill and whether it’s the incentive structure agencies need to save billions with strategic sourcing.

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