In Depth interviews - October 25

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 3:05pm 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 guest:

Dennis Eley Jr.Wounded Warrior Coordinator, Human Resource Services Center Southwest, Department of the Navy

There's no such thing as too much diversity in the workplace. Especially when it comes to the hiring of veterans.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command is co-hosting the third annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference next week.

The theme this year is "Hiring our Nation's Heroes - Rise to the Challenge. Diversify Your Workforce!"

Dennis Eley Jr., the wounded warrior coordinator for the Department of the Navy's Human Resource Services Center Southwest, joins In Depth to discuss the trends in hiring practices for wounded warriors.


Christopher PrebleVice President for defense and foreign policy studies, Cato Institute

Some experts don't think the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration would be all that bad.

In fact some say they would rather see the cuts happen than be avoided. One of those experts is Christopher Preble, the vice president for defense and foreign Policy Studies of the Cato Institute.

Preble joins In Depth to discuss whether the defense budget cuts could actually help the economy.

GOP Groups' Ads on Sequestration, Defense Jobs Are Misleading (related link)


Todd HarrisonSenior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Competition is the cornerstone for lowering the cost of the Defense Department's acquisition. But sometimes competitive pricing can make acquisition more expensive.

Todd Harrison, the senior fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, has authored a report detailing how that's possible.

One of the main takeaways is that despite some similarities, the defense industry really doesn't operate as a traditional free market.

The Effects of Competition on Defense Acquisitions

This story is part of Federal News Radio's daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.


Marion BlakeyPresident, Aerospace Industries Association

The topic of sequestration reared its head in the final presidential debate this week. Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney voiced their opposition to the cuts, with the President even vowing that the cuts won't happen.

Marion Blakey, the president of the Aerospace Industries Association, says these statements should translate into action to avert the cuts.

Blakey: Time for Action on Sequestration



Also on the show:

Industry Chatter: Exceptional Software Strategies' Ray Bowen demystifies the cloud/a>

In Depth brings you the latest cybersecurity and defense news. Below, find links to the stories mentioned.

Cybersecurity Rising: DoD doubles down on cyber threat reality (Federal News Radio)

Ask the CIO: DHS broadens public-private efforts to combat cyber risks