The Intersect
Feb. 9, 2010

Proposed spending on counterterrorism soars
The Washington Times
The Obama administration is seeking billions in budget increases to target terrorism threats from abroad, especially Pakistan and Yemen, with boosts for surveillance and attack drones, special-operations forces and a new military cybercommand. The focus is on regions that have served as insurgent sanctuaries, where U.S. counterterrorism officials say the next attack against America is likely being planned.More

Pentagon official on QDR priorities
The undersecretary of defense for policy says the U.S. must plan for complex, uncertain situations the country will likely face in a rapidly evolving security environment. That's one of the recommendations of the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review, and Michele Flournoy also discusses the QDR's focus on energy and climate change.More

Dicks next in line for Murtha's chairmanship
The Seattle Times
With the recent death of Rep. John Murtha, Washington state Rep. Norm Dicks is likely to become chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending — gaining power to direct the biggest discretionary purse in the federal budget.More

Pentagon supports ending 'don't ask, don't tell' law for gays in military
The Washington Post
The Pentagon's top leaders declared for the first time that - after decades of opposition and equivocation from the armed forces - they support an end to the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.More

Gates tries to get F-35 program back on course
The New York Times
The Joint Strike Fighter was supposed to be the program that broke the mold, proof that the Pentagon could build something affordable, dependable and without much drama. But rather than being the Chevrolet of the skies, as it was once billed, the fighter plane, also called the F-35, has turned into the Pentagon's biggest budget-buster. And with worries growing that the rise in costs could overwhelm other programs, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates fired the general in charge and said he would withhold $614 million in fees from the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin.More

Lawmakers protest proposed Coast Guard cuts
HS Today
Members of Congress have criticized proposed reductions to the budget of the U.S. Coast Guard, saying the fiscal 2011 budget proposal introduced by the White House could leave the Coast Guard without the necessary resources to fulfill its responsibilities. Rep. Peter T. King R-N.Y., ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, took aim at specific cuts proposed for the USCG Maritime Safety and Security Teams.More

House panel: Defense review lacks priorities
Government Executive
The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review received a chilly reception from the House Armed Services Committee, with members from both parties complaining that it lacks clear priorities and calls for too few forces to meet the future threats and missions envisioned.More

Gates sees new U.S. bomber fielded in 2020s
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he did not expect a new bomber for the U.S. Air Force to be fielded until the late 2020s, a decade later than the previous Pentagon plan. Gates said the Pentagon would study exactly what was needed in the new bomber before proceeding, including whether the bomber would be manned or unmanned, and would fly close to targets or stand off.More

Mullen: Next year critical to Afghanistan
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the next 12 to 18 months will be critical to reversing momentum gained by insurgents in Afghanistan, with nothing short of the wartorn nation's security at stake. Not only that, Adm. Mike Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee: "Our future security is greatly imperiled if we do not win the wars we are in."More

Chaplain of the Year to pray in Congress
Town Hall
Endel Lee, newly named as "National Chaplain of the Year" by the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, will deliver a prayer, to open the day's deliberations of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. The opportunity to serve as chaplain of the day in Congress is part of the recognition Lee is receiving as the Chaplain Vincent Robert Capodanno National Chaplain of the Year during the Reserve Officers Association's annual conference, in Washington, D.C.More

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Feb. 2, 2010
U. S. Department of Defense
This week the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Air Force announced an increase. The net collective result is 474 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