In Depth - May 2

Thursday - 5/3/2012, 1:25am EDT

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:

Terry Gerton — former Executive Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Material Command

Streamlining contract management doesn't just make your agency work better, it makes your agency work cheaper. Terry Gerton was awarded a 2012 Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for work she did when she was executive deputy to the commanding general at the Army Material Command. That work will save the Pentagon between $165 million and $185 million a year for the next five years.

SESers recognized for leadership, results with Presidential Rank Awards (Full list of winners)


Lou CrenshawAerospace and Defense practice leader, Grant Thornton

Companies are figuring out how to deal with the "new normal" in the Pentagon's budget.

In an analysis on Defense Industry Daily, Lou Crenshaw, a retired Navy vice admiral, who heads the aerospace and defense practice at Grant Thornton, pointed to five defense trends that will impact contractors in the future. They are:

  • A "laser focus" on cost reductions at DoD
  • DoD shifting risk to contractors
  • A crackdown on contractors' deficient business systems by the Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Defense Contract Management Agency
  • Increased M&A activity
  • New regulations, such as those requiring contractors to ensure no counterfeit parts are sued in electronic parts supplied to DoD
This story is part of Federal News Radio's daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.

Also on the show:

Dempsey: DoD mission relies on partnerships (Pentagon Solutions)

New Patent and Trademark law

Debate over food safety inspection of chickens

Report: Cloud savings could total $12B