The Intersect
April 27, 2010

First USERRA case to go before Supreme Court
The Military Times
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first-ever case involving an alleged violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Army Reserve Sgt. Vincent Staub claimed that Proctor Hospital, of Peoria, Ill., violated his rights under USERRA when it fired him from his job as an angiography technologist in April 2004. He contended that the reasons given for the firing — insubordination, shirking and attitude problems — were a pretext for discrimination based on his military duties.More

Decrying US, Iran begins war games
The New York Times
Iran's supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared that President Obama's new nuclear strategy amounted to "atomic threats against Iranian people," and Iranian state television reported that the military had begun a large exercise in the Persian Gulf, where the United States and Israel have both increased their presence in recent months.More

How offshore drilling affects US Military
AOL News
President Barack Obama's decision to expand offshore energy development could put oil platforms in the middle of some of the military's prime East Coast training areas, tracts of open ocean and airspace now largely reserved for ship maneuvers, bombing runs and naval gunfire. And the armed forces, which have long zealously guarded their training grounds, apparently are fine with it.More

Reservist picked to be new DoD top doctor
The Army Times
President Obama has finally named his choice as the Pentagon's top doctor. The nominee is Jonathan Woodson, currently an associate professor of surgery and associate dean at Boston University School of Medicine. If confirmed by the Senate, Woodson, also a senior attending vascular surgeon at the Boston Medical Center, would replace S. Ward Casscells, who was appointed to the job in the wake of the 2007 Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal and left the Pentagon in April 2009.More

Pentagon wounded warrior care official forced out
Associated Press via The Washington Post
The Pentagon official in charge of the wounded warrior program said he has been forced to resign, as the military continues to struggle with how best to care for troops injured in combat. Noel Koch said in an e-mail that he was asked to step down by Clifford Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel. Koch had been serving as the deputy undersecretary of defense for wounded warrior care and transition policy.More

Military's health care costs booming
USA Today
Military health care spending is rising twice as fast as the nation's overall health care costs, consuming a larger chunk of the defense budget as the Pentagon struggles to pay for two wars, military budget figures show. The surging costs are prompting the Pentagon and Congress to consider the first hike in out-of-pocket fees for military retirees and some active-duty families in 15 years, said Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, deputy director of TRICARE, the military health care program.More

NLOS-LS dies; just cost too much
DoD Buzz
The Pentagon is almost certain to kill the Non-Line of Sight Launch System, leaving little left of the once enormous Future Combat System and raising questions about how the Navy and Army will deliver highly accurate steel on distant targets.More

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of April 21, 2010
The US Department of Defense
This week the Army, Navy and Marine Corps announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Air Force and Coast Guard announced an increase. The net collective result is 1,688 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