The Intersect
May 18, 2010

Official urges Reserve component funding, predictability
American Forces Press Service
Emphasizing the critical role the reserve components play in U.S. national defense, the senior Pentagon reserve affairs official emphasized to Congress the importance of adequately funding the force and providing predictability about deployments. "As we reinforce policies, implement strategies and continue to call on our reserve components, we must remember that 'judicious use' is still the watchword," Dennis M. McCarthy, assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, said in his prepared statement to the Senate Armed Service Committee's personnel subcommittee. McCarthy was joined by the six reserve component chiefs at his first hearing before the panel since his confirmation in June.More

Military leaders stress need to share information
American Forces Press Service
As U.S. forces increasingly work as part of multinational coalitions, they are part of a cultural shift toward more information sharing and working more closely with allied troops, military leaders gathered here for a conference on joint war fighting said. Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, which co-hosted the 2010 Joint War Fighting Conference, said the responsibility will fall on young officers to build trust across the ranks to improve information sharing.More

US is reining in special operations forces in Afghanistan
The New York Times
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American commander in Afghanistan, has brought most American Special Operations forces under his direct control for the first time, out of concern over continued civilian casualties and disorganization among units in the field.More

DoD begins review of military pay, benefits
The Fayetteville Observer
The Department of Defense said that a review has begun of military compensation. The pay review, conducted once every four years, will focus on four main areas as requested by President Obama.More

Corps helps wounded troops collect extra money
Marine Corps Times
Thousands of active and former Marines may be eligible for extra money under a recent policy revision expanding benefits to troops wounded in combat, but making sure you collect what you're owed will require some effort. But help isn't far away.More

Gates sounds alarm on budget priorities
Army Times
The nation's top civilian defense official has sounded his loudest alarm yet on military spending, calling for an across-the-board review of all Pentagon spending and operations. In a speech at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kan., Defense Secretary Robert Gates put the defense establishment and Congress on notice that the military must cut overhead, find a way to rein in explosive growth in medical spending and other personnel costs, and curb the exponentially rising costs of modern weapons systems.More

Air Force reservists to provide C-130 training
Air Force Reserve Command
Air Force Reserve Command will provide manpower and aircraft to establish a C-130H2 Formal Training Unit at Little Rock AFB, Ark., starting this fall. The Air Force Reserve organization will eventually replace Air Education and Training Command's 62nd Airlift Squadron by early 2014. Plans call for the Reserve unit to operate with about 323 fulltime air reserve technicians, who are dual-status civil servants and reservists, and 383 traditional reservists.More

US Navy close to multiyear deal on new fighters
Defense News
The Navy is close to striking a deal to lump together all the fighter jets it plans to purchase over the next several years into a single large buy, in a victory for aerospace giant Boeing. The Department of the Navy told Congress it plans to use the "multiyear authority" it was given if it could show that buying many planes together over several years would lower their costs. So the Pentagon will begin bargaining with Boeing to buy the rest of the F/A-18 Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers in its program of record - some 124 aircraft - which guarantees work for Boeing until 2015.More

Enterprise completes flight deck certification
USS Enterprise (CVN 65) successfully completed flight deck certification May 14 pushing itself one step closer to its 21st deployment. Flight deck certification is a requirement that every aircraft carrier must achieve prior to deploying with fixed-wing aircraft. The certification proves that the crew of the ship is capable of safely launching and recovering aircraft and is prepared to prevent or combat flight deck mishaps. The last time Enterprise conducted flight deck certification was prior to her last deployment in 2007.More

Coast Guard, Obama say Gulf oil spill urgent
USA Today
Adm. Thad Allen, the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant said that response teams need to be prepared for a Gulf of Mexico oil spill that's larger than previously estimated. "It has the potential to be catastrophic," Allen said, according to Reuters. "The character of the slick has changed somewhat; it is disaggregated into smaller patches of oil. ... It's not a monolithic spill."More

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of May 11, 2010
The U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced an increase. The net collective result is 491 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