Archive for March 2013

F-35 program meets 7 of 10 objectives in 2012

March 14, 2013 - 04:40 PM
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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program is the most expensive and most ambitious U.S. plane purchase ever. It's also quite controversial. To date, the price tag for American taxpayers stands at $400 billion. The program cost much more than expected, fell behind schedule, and the jets did not perform as promised.

Mike Sullivan, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues with the Government Accountability Office, offered an update on Capital Insider.

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Budget negotiations begin in earnest

March 13, 2013 - 02:00 PM
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On Wednesday, President Obama will meet with House Republicans about the budget and other issues -- despite a wide "difference of opinion."

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) put forward his party's financial plan for 2014 on Tuesday with the understanding that it would be dead on arrival at the White House and in the Senate.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the good and bad points of Ryan's budget (and other topics) with Capital Insider.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and U.S. military strategy

March 13, 2013 - 01:55 PM
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Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (U.S. Army, retired) discussed the development of a 21st Century defense strategy, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and the latest developments in North Korea.

Here's his interview with Capital Insider:

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Making sense of Big Data

March 13, 2013 - 01:50 PM
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The big data revolution is well underway. Every three years, the amount of information in cyberspace doubles (and all that data doesn't simply disappear). Companies like Google and Microsoft -- and federal agencies -- use it to track consumer spending, crime, and disease.

Kenneth Cukier, co-author of "Big Data: A revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think," discussed that revolution with Capital Insider.

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The beleaguered federal worker

March 13, 2013 - 01:45 PM
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In 2009, Uncle Sam locked down wages for millions of federal workers. Next month, furloughs take effect. In some cases, they will last through September.

Joe Davidson, "Federal Diary" columnist for The Washington Post, discussed all of the above with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

March 11, 2013 - 02:30 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discuss the week in politics. In this installment, they debate the prosecution of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, President Obama's "charm offensive," and sequestered White House tours.

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Will ACA's "age rating band" cause young people to drop coverage?

March 8, 2013 - 04:05 PM
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The Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 and won a Supreme Court challenge in 2012. On January 1st 2014, most elements of President Obama's signature legislative achievement will be in place.

Lawmakers are still hashing out the finer details.

Emily Ethridge, health care reporter for CQ Roll Call, discussed one of those details (the age rating band) with Capital Insider.

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"Too big to fail" and "Too big to jail"

March 8, 2013 - 04:00 PM
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On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric holder addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The topic: prosecuting large financial institutions. Holder's efforts resulted in several successful civil suits, but few criminal prosecutions.

Danielle Douglas, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Chavez loses battle with cancer, dead at 58

March 6, 2013 - 12:45 PM
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World leaders offered mixed reactions to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In the U.S., President Obama released a brief statement.

"At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez's passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government," Obama said.

Chavez lost a two-year battle with cancer on Tuesday. He saw himself as a revolutionary, but his legacy will be much more complex.

J.D. Gordon, former Defense Department spokesman for the Western Hemisphere, discussed the national security implications with Capital Insider.

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What's next for Iraq?

March 6, 2013 - 12:40 PM
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It's been 10 years since the start of the U.S. war in Iraq. American troops are gone, but there's still violence in the country -- as Sunni insurgents launch frequent attacks on the Shiite-led government.

On Tuesday, four people were killed including an anti Al-Qaeda militiaman in Western Baghdad. Police say drive-by shooters sprayed his car with bullets.

Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed the progress made in Iraq with Capital Insider.

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Energy Department investment in SMRs wins Golden Fleece

March 6, 2013 - 12:35 PM
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One year ago, the Obama administration committed nearly half-a-billion dollars to develop small modular reactors (or SMRs). The goal: provide a flexible, cost-effective energy alternative to large nuclear plants and other forms of energy.

Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the program on Capital Insider.

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GOP wants to ease pain on military

March 5, 2013 - 02:05 PM
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House Republicans want to take the rough edges off across-the-board spending cuts -- just as those cuts start to take effect.

Currently, the military stands to lose $43 billion over the next seven months. The new GOP measure would award the Defense Department its detailed 2013 budget while other agencies remain frozen at 2012 levels.

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose," discussed that and other top government topics with Capital Insider.

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The future of Groupon

March 5, 2013 - 02:00 PM
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Last week, Groupon replaced CEO and co-founder Andrew Mason in an effort to reverse falling stock prices, revenue, and consumer interest.

Hayley Tsukayama, technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that and other top tech topics on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

March 4, 2013 - 01:25 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discuss the week in politics. In this installment, they debate President Obama's "Jedi mind meld," the Bob Woodward e-mails, and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Oscars.

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"Among Enemies" author on terrorism and tech

March 1, 2013 - 02:25 PM
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Luke Bencie, president of Security Management International, discussed the threats faced by the modern business traveler with Capital Insider.

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U.S. expands support for Syrian opposition

March 1, 2013 - 02:20 PM
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The United Nations reports nearly 70,000 people have been killed two years into the Syrian civil war. The Obama administration now says it will provide $60 million in non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP Radio, discussed that and other top defense topics with Capital Insider.

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