The Intersect
May 11, 2010

Obama expands support to vets' caregivers
The Associated Press via Atlanta Journal-Constitution
President Barack Obama has signed a bill that aims to keep severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in their homes by providing billions of dollars in support to family members who care for them. At a bill signing event at the White House, Obama said the government's responsibility to take care of veterans and their families is a "moral obligation."More

3 million overseas and military voters will be able to cast ballots on Internet this fall
The New York Times via Cleveland.com
Nearly 3 million overseas and military voters from at least 33 states will be permitted to cast ballots over the Internet in November using e-mail or fax, in part because of new regulations proposed last month by the federal agency that oversees voting.More

Gates notes convergence of conventional, irregular war
The U.S. Department of Defense
As the Army moves forward, differences between conventional and irregular warfare are becoming less important, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told students and faculty during a speech at the Army Command and General Staff College.More

America must immediately reverse the downsizing of its Navy as China grows on the high seas
The Huffington Post
The United States Navy is of critical importance to the defense of this country and to maintaining freedom of the seas internationally. Freedom of navigation, as ensured by the Navy, is critical to America's ability to project power by moving men and equipment over 70 percent of the earth's surface and to maintaining world trade and commerce.More

Gates calls for significant cuts in defense overhead
The U.S. Department of Defense
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe to declare war on duplicative overhead, bloat and needless spending in the Defense Department. In a speech at the Eisenhower Library, Gates called for a reduction in overhead for the department, and said he wants the department to take a hard, realistic look at what defense capabilities America really needs in the 21st Century.More

Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay
The Washington Post
The Pentagon, not usually known for its frugality, is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops. Through nine years of war, service members have seen a healthy rise in pay and benefits, with most of them now better compensated than workers in the private sector with similar experience and education levels.More

Navy show gives sneak peek at new planes, helos
Military Times
For today's pilots and aviation sailors, the future is still pretty far away. Conceptual drawings of futuristic unmanned fighter jets adorned glossy posters at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition sponsored by the Navy League in early May. And many Navy leaders talk about 2025 or earlier as the target year for those aircraft to join the fleet.More

Armed tankers about ready to deploy
Marine Corps Times
The first Marine KC-130J tanker armed with Hellfire missiles and sophisticated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance gear should be ready to deploy this summer, officials said. Known as Harvest Hawk, the upgraded KC-130J will undergo weapons tests in May at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., having wrapped up evaluations of its Target Sight System, or TSS, on April 10 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.More

Air Force Reserve aerial spray aircraft called in to fight Gulf oil spill
The Air Force Reserve Command
Aircraft and crews from the 910th Airlift Wing have arrived at a staging area in the Gulf coast region in anticipation of supporting emergency oil spill clean-up efforts. The aerial spray capability is designed for larvicide and insect eradication, to provide vegetation control at bombing ranges and to disperse oil slicks.More

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of May 4, 2010
The U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army, Navy and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Air Force and Marine Corps announced an increase. The net collective result is 956 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