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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director and Chairman, Amplifier Ventures

President Barack Obama held the first White House Cybersecurity Summit and pushed for greater sharing of information with an Executive Order. And, the Federal Aviation Administration published rules for the use of small drones over the weekend. Jonathan Aberman is chairman of the venture capital firm Amplifier Ventures and founder of TandemNSI, a non-profit. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss the news.

Tags: Jonathan Aberman , Tom Temin , acquistion , Amplifier Ventures , White House , FAA , technology

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:31am EST

Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

President Barack Obama has petitioned Congress for new authority to conduct military force against Islamic State militants. He's asking for a three-year authorization to fight them, or their successors, without regard for international borders. Nora Bensahel, a national defense expert and distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further analyze the President's request.

Tags: Nora Bensahel , American University , Tom Temin , authorization to use military force , AUMF , DoD

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:36am EST

Monday federal headlines - February 16, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, House Speaker John Boehner raises the possibility of a Homeland Security Department shutdown, a former soldier pleads guilty to conspiring to kill a federal agent and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launches a satellite that will warn when solar storms are heading to Earth.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Monday - 02/16/2015, 07:49am EST

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Political leaders from both the White House and Congress are offering up ways to improve the Senior Executive Service. There's the mundane the White House is launching a candidate development program. And the punitive legislation that would make it easier to fire SES members when things go wrong. Now in our special report, "Fixing the SES," we ask: Is it actually broken? Jeri Buchholz is an SES member and chief human capital officer at NASA. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp that the SES has its faults but is essential to the government.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Tom Temin , White House , Congress , SES , workforce

Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:31am EST

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Does the Senior Executive Service need to be fixed? And if so, how? Federal News Radio is currently examining these questions in a four-part special report, "Fixing the SES." Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay some of your thoughts on it.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , SES , workforce , Tom Temin ,

Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:23am EST

Jacob Stokes, Bacevich Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The White House has released its 2015 National Security Strategy. It highlights America's recovery from the financial crisis and the importance of leading in a challenged world. It also focuses on how the Defense Department will execute the rebalance to Asia and the Middle East. Jacob Stokes, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer more analysis, as well as explain what separates this version from 2010's.

Tags: Jacob Stokes , Center for a New American Security , Tom Temin , National Security Strategy , Asia , Middle East , Financial Crisis , DoD

Monday - 02/16/2015, 09:54am EST

Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, Director, Naval Surface Warfare

The USS Kauffman is now the last of its breed. The 453-foot Navy ship is on a six-month deployment that marks the final mission for any Navy frigate. All the rest have been decommissioned. Kauffmann will follow suit when it returns from Central America in September. Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, the Navy's director of Surface Warfare, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the rationale behind the decommissioning, the policy behind it and how the Navy intends to replace the frigates.

Tags: Peter Fanta , Naval Surface Warfare Center , Navy , DoD ,

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:54am EST

Friday federal headlines - February 13, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, President Obama stars in the latest viral Buzzfeed video, a panel investigating the Secret Service says agents are trained at "unacceptable" levels and a new White House executive order aims to ease cybersecurity threat information sharing among companies and the federal government.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:12am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When the U.S. military deployed to West Africa to support the fight against Ebola, it needed plenty of trained medical and logistics personnel. But they also needed good maps -- something the country didn't have last October. It does now, thanks to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and NGA's new director says the Ebola response is the start of what he says will be "unprecedented transparency" for his agency. More from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , NGA , In Depth ,

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:50pm EST

Matt Hummer, Director of Analytics, Govini

Homeland Security officials and their many constituencies are wondering how Congress will resolve the department's budget tug of war. Secretary Jeh Johnson has testified a funding lapse would result in 30,000 furloughs. Another fallout would be a slowdown in cybersecurity spending. Matt Hummer, director of analytics at the data firm Govini, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio with more on that possibility.

Tags: Matt Hummer , Govini , cybersecurity , DHS , budget

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:14am EST
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