The Intersect
April 20, 2010

Al Qaeda's two top Iraq leaders killed in raid
The Washington Post
Iraqi security forces backed by U.S. troops killed al Qaeda's top two leaders in Iraq in what the U.S. military described as a "potentially devastating blow" to the militant group. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said al Qaeda's Iraq leader, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the purported head of its local affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq, were found dead in a hole in the ground inside a house after it was surrounded and stormed by troops.More

Mullen: Diplomacy best approach to end Iran's nuclear proliferation
The U.S. department Defense
Although a U.S. military approach in Iran would hinder Iranian nuclear proliferation, military might isn't necessarily the best solution, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed that diplomatic means would garner a longer-term effect in reaching agreements with Iran, Mullen told reporters following remarks to students, veterans and faculty at Columbia University in New York.More

Gates: Defy authority when needed
The Capital Gazette
Speaking at the Naval Academy, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates told the midshipmen there would come a time in their careers when bucking authority will be necessary. "Mark my words, the time will come for each of you when you must stand alone and make an unpopular decision," said Gates, who as secretary of defense and a career Central Intelligence Agency employee and director has served under eight presidents.More

All services meet or exceed March recruiting goals
The U. S. Department of Defense
The military services met or exceeded their March recruiting goals for the active and reserve components, Defense Department officials reported April 16. Also, officials said, retention is above the goals for the first six months of the fiscal year.More

House Armed Services leaders aim to cut Pentagon waste, fraud
The Hill
The leaders of the House Armed Services Committee will take aim at waste and fraud in the Pentagon purchasing process. Reps. Ike Skelton D-Mo., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Buck McKeon R-Calif., the panel's ranking member will introduce legislation to overhaul the Pentagon's acquisition system, targeting in large part the services and goods the Pentagon buys from contractors.More

Military to save $1.6B going green
The USA Today
It's not just the troops' uniforms that are green: The U.S. military says its investments to conserve energy and water are beginning to pay off, with benefits for cost, national security and troop safety. The Army has cut water usage at its permanent bases and other facilities around the world by 31 percent since 2004, according to Pentagon data. The amount of energy used per square foot at Army facilities declined 10.4 percent during that same period.More

DoD seeks more control over '12 budget
Defense News
The U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense has decided to conduct so-called "front-end assessments" of some 20 capability areas that drive operational, force structure and investment needs - such as long-range strike, shipbuilding, electronic attack, satellites and end strength - to better shape Pentagon spending decisions starting with the 2012 budget, officials said.More

Combat veteran sworn in as top Army Reserve NCO
U.S. Army Reserve
A veteran of three deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism – to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait – was sworn in as the Army Reserve's top noncommissioned officer. Command Sgt. Maj. Michael D. Schultz was appointed by Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, as the 11th command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Reserve. More

History in the making: First Joint Strike Fighter training squadron stands up
The U.S. Marine Corps
A small squadron of Marines marched toward the future of military aviation, recently. Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, currently only 37-Marines strong, stood up as the Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II training squadron in a ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The squadron is the nation's first training squadron for the new Joint Strike Fighter, making the ceremony not only a first for the Marine Corps, but for the entire Department of Defense.More

Remotely piloted aircraft sensor operators named Air Force Team of the Year
U.S. Air Force
Each year, AFA officials, working with major command-level command chief master sergeants and the Office of the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, select a specific Air Force career field for this recognition. The individual members selected to represent the chosen career field are professionals who clearly display superior technical expertise, attract the praise of their superiors and provide leadership and inspiration to others.More

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of April 13, 2010
The U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army, Navy and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Marine Corps and Air Force announced an increase. The net collective result is 128 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