The Intersect
April 26, 2011

Top DoD reserve official stepping down
Military Times
A top Defense Department official who has been pushing to reshape the military's reserve components is stepping down. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Dennis McCarthy announced his retirement in an email to his Pentagon colleagues. McCarthy's resignation comes shortly after he co-authored a long-term proposal to dramatically expand the role of the military's 1.2 million reservists.More

The mission for the new defense chief
National Journal
When Defense Secretary Robert Gates took his post nearly five years ago, his top priority was salvaging the faltering U.S.-led war effort in Iraq. As he prepares to step down this summer, the Defense chief has a new mission: shaping the terms of the coming debate over how much the Pentagon's budget should be cut to help close the nation's yawning deficit.More

Pentagon finally kills second engine for advanced warplane
National Journal
The Pentagon is canceling a controversial program to develop an alternate engine for its next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, putting an end to one of Washington's longest-running and most-divisive contracting battles. In a terse statement, the Defense Department said it notified General Electric and Rolls-Royce that it is formally terminating their joint bid to develop a second engine for the advanced warplane. The Pentagon said that the two companies had also "been instructed to preserve and deliver government property" back to the military.More

TRICARE Online improves health data access
U.S. Department of Defense
New TRICARE Online features give users access to expanded personal health data, including lab results, patient history and diagnoses and provider visits. The military health plan's new online features expand the website's "Blue Button" capability, which already allowed beneficiaries to safely and securely access and print or save their demographic information, allergy and medication profiles, officials said.More

Bank to pay $48 million to military homeowners
Military Times
JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay about $48 million to service members affected by alleged violations of the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act, in a settlement of a class action lawsuit filed by Marine Corps Capt. Jonathon Rowles.More

Guardsmen to get longer hospital stays
The Army's response to complaints from Oregon National Guard soldiers about care they received at Madigan Army Medical Center last year could allow soldiers to spend an extra week at military hospitals when they return from combat deployments.More

Coast Guard joins employer partnership
U.S. Department of Defense
The Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces' strategic alliance with the U.S. Coast Guard will enhance an already-successful program, Army Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz said. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, joined Coast Guard Rear Adm. L. Sandra Stosz, director of the Coast Guard Reserve, in signing an official memorandum of understanding at the Pentagon.More

Job cuts, slow retirements hurt promotions
Petty Officer 2nd Class Vu Phung scored among the top 2 percent of sailors in his rank on his advancement test, yet those results weren't good enough to get him promoted. Out of 1,307 sailors in his operations specialist job who took the test last fall, only 22 were promoted to E-6. "You volunteer, you go to college, but it's still hard to stand out," said Phung, 29, of Brooklyn Park, Minn.More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of April 19
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Army and Navy announced an increase. The net collective result is 386 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