Federal Drive Show Blog – October 28, 2013

This is the Federal Drive 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 Interviews:


Lt. Gen. Dave Barno
Senior Adviser and Fellow
Center for a New American Security

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Today’s generals and admirals don’t have the skills to address tomorrow’s military challenges. Just because you’re a good soldier doesn’t mean you’re a good office manager. It’s a refrain that pops up year after year. The latest proposed fix comes from the Center for a New American Security. The lead author of the report is Retired Lt. Gen. Dave Barno, a former top commander in Afghanistan.

Walt Francis
Principal Author
Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees

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While the government is scrambling to fix problems with HealthCare.gov and most Republican lawmakers are focusing on everything that is going wrong, one has proposed a type of alternative. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa says all Americans should be able to buy health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. It’s not a new idea. Walt Francis is the principal author of Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Army is wrestling with tough questions as it builds its cyber warfighting force. How big should the cyber force be? What’s the right mix of soldiers, civilians and contractors? And how does the Defense Department need to change its legacy personnel systems to bring the best possible talent on board? Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports on the Army’s hunt for answers.

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