The Intersect
March 2, 2010

Reserve group: Neutrality on gay ban misinterpreted
Army Times
The 88-year-old Reserve Officers Association finds itself an unlikely central player in the debate over gays in the military — all because the group voted Feb. 10 not to have an opinion on the subject.More

Documents detail serious problems with F-35 program
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other Pentagon officials have made it clear in recent weeks that they are unhappy about the F-35 joint strike fighter program.More

Program halt leaves spouses in limbo
The Military Family Caucus, led in the House by Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., plan to send a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates to learn more about the impact stopping – even temporarily – will have on spouses.More

U.S. Army launches ground combat vehicle contest
Defense News
With Pentagon approval newly in hand, the U.S. Army on Feb. 25, released its request for proposal for the Ground Combat Vehicle, the service's planned next-generation full-spectrum-combat troop carrier.More

Combat Generation: Drone operators climb on winds of change in the Air Force
The Washington Post
The question, scrawled on a Pentagon whiteboard last fall, captured the strange and difficult moment facing the Air Force. "Why does the country need an independent Air Force?" the senior civilian assistant to Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, the service's chief of staff, had written. For the first time in the 62-year history of the Air Force, the answer isn't entirely clear.More

Generals discuss Guard, Reserve, on call Air Force
Air Force Reserve Command
Two Air Force generals explained the importance of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard to the on-call Air Force during the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition Feb. 19. Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, the director of the Air National Guard, and Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., chief of the Air Force Reserve Command, were on hand to speak to and answer questions from attendees about how the two components integrate with the active-duty component to answer the nation's call.More

Possible end seen in fight over new air tankers
The Associated Press
Senior Pentagon officials say their latest $35 billion plan to acquire refueling planes is fair. The Air Force publicly released its final bid request for the job. But supporters of Northrop Grumman Corp. say the proposal does little to satisfy concerns that the terms are skewed against its larger, more expensive plane. If Northrop drops out of the competition, Boeing Co. would likely be the only bidder.More

What you see in Djibouti is special
U.S. Army Reserves
The Army Reserve Commander and Command Sergeant Major traveled four countries in the Horn of Africa to see firsthand what a small contingent of Army Reserve Civil Affairs Soldiers were accomplishing in such a massively large area, and they were not disappointed.More

Putting the Coast Guard out to sea
The New York Times
Despite the pressing need to cut government spending, under President Obama's spending proposal all the nation's military services are set to see their budgets increase — all, that is, except the Coast Guard, the nation's chronically overburdened maritime force, responsible for everything from global search and rescue to port security. Under the president's proposal, the Coast Guard's budget will decline by 3 percent, to $10.1 billion, smaller than many medium-sized agencies under the other services. More

Medicare and Medicaid payments to doctors cut by 21 percent
Epoch Times
Starting soon, doctors receiving Medicare and Medicaid patients will receive a 21 percent pay reduction. The Senate failed to repeal a bill that would cut pay for doctors receiving Medicare patients by 21 percent. The payment cut applies to members of the military on the government's TRICARE program as well.More

Two soldiers recover because of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The Digital Journalc
Two soldiers that were causalities of an IED in Iraq have recovered after being prescribed Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. They are both back on active duty. The Iraq War has brought attention to brain injuries and rehabilitation. Federal, state and local budgets are paying for the cost of medical treatments that have failed when it comes to brain injuries. Every year billions of dollars are spent in entitlement, prison, education, and safety net programs that are needed because of the rising number of soldiers with brain injuries.More

Pentagon focuses on brain trauma
Troops caught near a roadside blast will be pulled out of combat for 24 hours and checked for a mild traumatic brain injury, even if they appear unhurt or say they are fine, according to a treatment policy the Pentagon is planning to release.More

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of February 23, 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 137 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