The Intersect
April 5, 2011

For DoD budgets, do or die time
Defense News
For good or ill, the Pentagon is about to receive some desperately needed budget clarity. By the end of April 8, DoD officials will know whether the military will get a 2011 base budget just north of $530 billion, whether there will be a seventh short-term continuing resolution - or whether the U.S. government will largely shut down.More

House bill would fund DoD through September
Military Times
The House Appropriations Committee introduced a seventh stopgap spending measure that would fund the Pentagon through September. The temporary spending bill — known as a continuing resolution, or CR — would prevent a government shutdown for one more week, but would keep the Defense Department running through the fiscal year. The new legislation provides $515.8 billion for the Defense Department's 2011 base budget.More

Pentagon: Government shutdown threatens military families
The Department of Defense says that if the government shuts down for an extended period, troops including those fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq will not be paid on time, according to a senior defense official. The threat adds to the pressure the Pentagon is trying to put on Congress to pass a proper defense budget, rather than the continuing resolutions it has operated under for the last few months. The resolutions fund the Department of Defense at a lower rate.More

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to highlight needs of military families
The Washington Post
First lady Michelle Obama will join this month with Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Biden, to launch a national campaign to support military families, an effort that will include traveling to bases and military communities to highlight their initiative. "The initiative aims to educate, challenge and spark action from all sectors of our society — citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith based institutions, philanthropic organizations and government — to ensure military families have the support they have earned," according to a White House statement.More

Sen. Casey introduces bill to give tax credit to military spouses
The State Column
U.S. Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa., reintroduced the Military Spouses Job Continuity Act, legislation that would help military spouses more easily re-enter the workforce by offering a tax credit to any military spouse who has to renew or transfer a professional license due to a military Change of Station order. The bill is endorsed by the National Military Family Association, Blue Star Families of America, National Guard Association of the United States and the Reserve Officers Association.More

Respect highlights Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal training
American Forces Press Service
Respect for all service members is at the heart of training for the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness said. Clifford L. Stanley and Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, director of the Joint Staff, testified before the House Armed Services Committee's military personnel subcommittee about preparing the force for repeal of the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military.More

Republicans keeping close tabs on plans to end 'don't ask, don't tell'
The Washington Post
Congressional Republicans — still seething from last year's repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy — are hoping for a progress report from the military's top service chiefs about training programs designed to inform the rank and file about ending the ban on gays in the military.The heads of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard are set to provide to the House Armed Services Committee their first public status update since President Obama signed a law in December authorizing the Pentagon to train military commanders and the troops about repealing the 17-year-old ban before it officially ends.More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of March 29
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Army and Marine Corps announced an increase. The net collective result is 993 more 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