The Intersect
Feb. 2, 2010

Over $700 billion sought for defense
The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration is seeking a record $708 billion for the Defense Department in fiscal 2011, as the U.S. military continues to wrestle with a mounting bill for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan while trying to better equip itself for small-scale conflicts. The budget request released reflects Defense Secretary Robert Gates' drive to bolster the Pentagon's unconventional-warfare capabilities needed in today's operations.More

Review shows dramatic shift in Pentagon's thinking
The Pentagon will no longer shape the U.S. military to fight two major conventional wars at once, but rather prepare for numerous conflicts and not all in the same style, according to a draft of a new strategic outlook the Pentagon is announcing soon.More

Gates orders Air Force and Navy to study joint weapons system
The Washington Post
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered the Air Force and Navy to study what future joint weapons system, available 20 years from now, will be able to survey an enemy target, survive any electronic interference, and then deliver precision strikes from platforms that either penetrate the foe's defenses or are launched from a distance.More

U.S. military responsibilities to expand
The Financial Times
The U.S. will take on a broader range of military responsibilities, including defending space and cyberspace, in spite of growing pressure on budgets, a long-awaited administration report is set to conclude this week. Robert Gates, U.S. defense secretary, is due to unveil the Obama administration’s Quadrennial Defense Review, which shifts emphasis from the post-cold war doctrine that the U.S. is able to fight two "major regional conflicts" at one time.More

Defense review urges 'more and better' capabilities
Government Executive
The Pentagon's much-anticipated Quadrennial Defense Review calls for heavier investments in helicopters, long-range strike aircraft and a slew of new technologies, including unmanned air, underwater and other vehicles, according to a copy of the report obtained by CongressDaily.More

Pentagon budget calls for more unmanned aircraft
The Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington - U.S. Defense officials outlined plans to double production of unmanned aircraft, part of an expanded 2011 budget unveiled that emphasizes the importance of international hot spots and natural disasters as well as large-scale warfare, as provided under a new strategy document.More

Gates' QDR envisions a do-it-all military
Defense News
The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review recently unveiled envisions a U.S. military that would be very different than the one Defense Secretary Robert Gates found upon taking office in 2006. The much-anticipated review calls for a force shaped for a wide swath of activities in many hotspots, not one only shaped to simultaneously fight two peer militaries.More

Robert Gates: Don't fund cargo-jet program
In announcing the broad outlines of the Pentagon's $708 billion budget request, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Congress against trying to restore funds to two key Air Force programs he opposes — the C-17 cargo jet and an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.More

Thousands of vets could get benefits upgrade
The Washington Post
A military review could bring millions of dollars in benefits to thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder. The military has agreed to review the records of recent veterans discharged with PTSD to decide whether they were improperly denied benefits.More

VA outlines efforts to fix GI Bill problems
The Air Force Times
Veterans Affairs Department officials tried Jan. 21 to convince a skeptical House subcommittee that its problems with paying Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are in the past. Roger Baker, VA's assistant secretary for information and technology, said problems that delayed payments of the new education benefit during the fall semester have been addressed.More

Forces Pushing Obama on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
The New York Times
President Obama and top Pentagon officials met repeatedly over the past year about repealing "don't ask, don't tell," the law that bans openly gay members of the military. But it was in Oval Office strategy sessions to review court cases challenging the ban — ones that could reach the Supreme Court — that Mr. Obama faced the fact that if he did not change the policy, his administration would be forced to defend publicly the constitutionality of a law he had long opposed.More

Head of New York National Guard retiring, withdraws as Obama's nominee to lead Army National Guard
The Gazette Extra
Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto, New York's top soldier and President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Army National Guard, is retiring and withdrawing from consideration for the appointment.More

Joint task force organizes Haitian Airport
The U. S. Department of Defense
When a disaster strikes, people assume it should be easy to get relief supplies in. But it's not always a simple proposition. Can the airport's runway support the weight of cargo aircraft? What is the security situation like? What equipment does the airport have for unloading and loading? How many people and the means to support and supply them will be needed? More

Part-timers go full force
The Houston Chronicle
As the nation enters its ninth consecutive year of war, the National Guard routinely is called up for overseas deployments and combat duties. Members of the National Guard were once dismissed as "weekend warriors." Recruiters now emphasize the likelihood of lengthy tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.More

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve activated as of Jan. 26, 2010
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy and Coast Guard announced an increase. The net collective result is 555 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease.More