On the show today - April 24

Wednesday - 4/25/2012, 1:50am EDT

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Today's guests:

Mark GunzingerSenior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Nation-states around the world are catching up to the United States in conventional power and weapons systems. But a new group of emerging technologies, called directed energy weapons, could provide the U.S. with an edge and deserves attention and money from the Pentagon, according to Mark Gunzinger, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Gunzinger, is the co-author of a CSBA analysis, "Changing the Game: the Promise of Directed-Energy Weapons." The Defense Department defines DE as a range of non-kinetic capabilities that produce beams of "concentrated electromagnetic energy" able to destroy damage enemy equipment, facilities or personnel, according to the report.

Click here to read the full report.


Tom ShoopEditor-in-chief, Government Executive

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of GovExec, discusses how the Secret Service scandal and the fiasco at the General Services Administration could affect the presidential race — and, ultimately, scrutiny of spending at other agencies.


Mackenzie EaglenResident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute

The Defense Department's new defense strategy, released earlier this year, "envisions a smaller, leaner Army that is agile, flexible, rapidly deployable and technologically advanced," according to a Congressional Research Service report, released by the Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News.

Mackenzie Eaglen, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the strategy.


Also on the show:

Air Force 'appalled' by $1B IT system that produced few capabilities
The Senate Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on readiness and management support heard testimony last week on the Defense Department's progress on financial management and business transformation. DoD Comptroller Robert Hale, Chief Management Officer Beth McGrath and Asif Khan, the director of financial management and assurance at the Government Accountability Office all testified before the panel.

Political pressure influenced FHA contract decision, court says

New contracting trend could mean loss of revenue for some firms