Federal Drive Show Blog - May 13, 2013

Monday - 5/13/2013, 10:18am EDT

This is the Federal Drive 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:

Guy Stitt
president
AMI International

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The armed services are all wrestling with how to maintain mission and readiness in the most difficult budget position since the end of the cold war. The Navy, in theory at least, is supposed to be building toward a 313-ship fleet. But is that realistic given the 2012 budget agreement and the 2013 sequestration? We asked Guy Stitt, the president of the the analysis and advisory firm AMI International in Bremerton, Wash. He pointed out a recent long-range ship-building plan issued by Sean Stackley, the assistant Navy Secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition called for 313 ships.

Excellence in Government Conference

Emily Kopp of the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp reported live today from the annual Excellence in Government in downtown Washington, D.C. Listen to all of the conference interviews here.

From Our Reporters

New calculations by the Office of Management and Budget have determined that sequestration will have little to no impact on the Department of Defense's 2013 budget for military construction programs. But while there will be ample funds to build new facilities, maintaining existing ones is another matter. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has more.

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