The Intersect
March 9, 2010

McChrystal, others visit Marja, Afghanistan, as offensive enters governing phase
The Washington Post
The initial phase of the military offensive in southern Afghanistan to wrest Marja from insurgent control has largely ended, but the more daunting task of building a credible government in the place of Taliban rule has just begun, according to senior U.S. and Afghan officials. More

Candidates speculate on results of Iraq vote
The New York Times
Even before the votes were tallied, Iraq's candidates and coalitions began positioning themselves in an evolving political landscape. Some claimed victory, and a few conceded defeat in an election that the top American officials here called a milestone that kept the withdrawal of American troops on pace. More

Military academies teach more cyberwarfare
The Army Times
As cybersecurity grows in importance to national security, the nation's three major military academies are teaching students how to be effective cyber warriors, both by defending and attacking computer systems.More

Retired Maj. Gen. Barron receives Distinguished Citizen Award from scouts
The News-Enterprise
The local Elizabethtown, Ky., Boy Scouts organization gave its annual Distinguished Citizen Award to a retired major general who has been instrumental in helping the community benefit from the Fort Knox, Ky., realignment. Recipient Retired Maj. Gen. Bill Barron received the honor during the Hardin County, Ky., Friends of Scouting Distinguished Citizen Dinner at Sevens Valley Baptist Church.More

Guard and Reserve in a time of trouble
Air Force Magazine
As current budget austerity—and the prospect of more to come—rolls across the Air Force, officials are searching high and low for ways to do more with less. This is the reason that USAF is seizing an opportunity to improve integration of the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and active duty Air Force.More

USAF 30-year plan lays out aircraft acquisition through 2040
Defense News
The U.S. Air Force is taking a long look down the road at buying and fielding new airplanes. Mandated by Congress, the "Aircraft Investment Plan" maps out how many planes the Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy plan to buy through 2020 and sets goals for 2021-2040. It does not include helicopters.More

Northrop won't bid on USAF tanker
Defense News
"Northrop Grumman has determined that it will not submit a bid to the Department of Defense for the KC-X program," Northrop president Wes Bush said in a late afternoon statement. "We reached this conclusion based on the structure of the source selection methodology defined in the RfP (request for proposals), which clearly favors Boeing's smaller refueling tanker and does not provide adequate value recognition of the added capability of a larger tanker, precluding us from any competitive opportunity."More

Ban on women on submarines ends
The Associated Press via The New York Times
The Pentagon has moved to lift a decades-old policy that prohibits women from serving aboard Navy submarines.More

Traumatic brain injury
U.S. Army
Traumatic brain injuries are treatable and some can be prevented by following safety guidelines of wearing helmets, seatbelts and obeying speed limits when operating a motor vehicle. The Army will raise awareness and educate leaders, soldiers and family members and civilians on the signs, symptoms, prevention and resources available to diagnose and treat TBI.More

U.S. Department of Defense aiming to reduce incidence of traumatic brain injury
The Mainichi Daily News
The U.S. Department of Defense will require U.S. military personnel exposed to bomb explosions in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to take a rest period of 24 hours, in a bid to reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injury.More

Brain injury awareness month highlights facts about head trauma
U.S. Air Force
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, has been labeled a "signature injury" of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also occurs in non-combat settings in association with motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, assaults and falls. In 2009, Department of Defense officials reported 20,199 cases of TBI among military service members.More

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve activated as of March 2, 2010
The 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 is1,115 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