The Intersect
April 19, 2011

Gates cautions of military rollback
The Wall Street Journal
Sec. of defense Robert Gates warns that the U.S. military will have to scale back its overseas commitments and shrink to meet President Barack Obama's proposed defense cuts. Mr. Gates believes the plan would require "identifying missions that the country is willing to have the military forgo" over the next decade, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.More

Obama's $400 billion cut plays it safe
Defense News
When U.S. President Barack Obama ordered a $400 billion cut to defense spending, he picked a number that was defensible and yet relatively easy to reach. Meeting that goal will require just a small real drop in planned spending over a decade, according to the White House, or simply keeping growth flat, one analyst found. It won't require a strategic overhaul, although the president also ordered a review of military missions and capabilities in his April 13 speech.More

Levin: Defense cuts must be on the table
The Cable
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said that he agreed with the White House that cuts to the defense budget must be part of upcoming budget negotiations. "Defense has to be on the table," Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said in a recent interview. "It means there should be some reductions in some parts of the defense budget. We haven't decided what those are yet, because it depends on a lot of things and it doesn't say how much those cuts should be, because that shouldn't be decided in the abstract."More

Armed Services chairman balks at Obama's proposed new defense cuts
The Hill
A key part of President Obama's new deficit-reduction plan is cutting an additional $400 billion from the Pentagon over the next 12 years, but the House Republican in charge of defense isn't backing the idea. Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., in an interview airing on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" criticizes the idea.More

Casey introduces bill to give tax credit to military spouses
The Hawley News Eagle
U.S. Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa., recently 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

Larger helmet could guard against brain injury to troops
USA Today
The Army could reduce the risk of brain injury to soldiers simply by having them wear a size larger helmet containing slightly thicker padding, according to a study to be released. An eighth of an inch more in cushion could decrease the force of an impact to the skull by 24 percent, according to findings by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.More

Former Marine, veterans advocate kills self
Military Times
Handsome and friendly, Clay Hunt so epitomized a vibrant Iraq veteran that he was chosen for a public service announcement reminding veterans that they aren't alone. The 28-year-old former Marine corporal earned a Purple Heart after taking a sniper's bullet in his left wrist. He returned to combat in Afghanistan. Upon his return home, he lobbied for veterans on Capitol Hill, road-biked with wounded veterans and performed humanitarian work in Haiti and Chile. Then, on March 31, Hunt bolted himself in his Houston apartment and shot himself.More

First lady: Military members, spouses need jobs
San Jose Mercury News
First lady Michelle Obama called on companies to recruit and hire members of the military and their spouses, saying they offer unique skills and qualities. Mrs. Obama, the vice president's wife, Jill Biden, and Labor Sec. Hilda Solis visited a Sears shipping facility in Columbus, Ohio, as part of a tour to promote a new "Joining Forces" effort to boost support for U.S. service members and their families.More

Blasting target from sky, key test of missile defense system a success
FOX News
The U.S. military successfully conducted its most challenging test yet of its ballistic missile defense system, blasting an incoming target out of the skies over the Pacific Ocean. In the test, an intermediate-range missile target was launched from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, approximately 2,300 miles southwest of Hawaii. A ground-based radar detected the launch and relayed that information to a central system, which passed the data to the Aegis destroyer USS O'Kane.More

DOD preparing to unveil overarching cyber strategy
Stars and Stripes
The attack lacked the explosive impact of a roadside bomb or the visceral threat of incoming bullets. Defending against it wasn't a matter of finding cover and returning fire. This was a new kind of war. The only giveaway the United States was being targeted at all was a subtle, unexplained flicker on a Department of Defense computer screen in August 2007.More

Officials: Oregon Guardsmen treated poorly
Associated Press via Army Times
Oregon National Guard soldiers returning from Iraq received poor treatment as they were processed through Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a military official said. An investigation found failures, errors and deficiencies last May when the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team came home, Defense Undersecretary Clifford Stanley said in a letter regarding the probe sought by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of April 12
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Army announced an increase. The net collective result is 143 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