The Intersect
May 25, 2010

White House backs delayed gay ban repeal
Marine Corps Times
Members of Congress eager to press for a vote this week on repeal of the military's gay ban received a sign of support from the White House for legislation delaying the effective date of repeal until after the Pentagon completes a report on how such a change would be made. Supporters have talked about delaying the effective date of repeal until six months after the bill becomes law, which most likely would put off the change until February or March.More

Obama tells West Point US needs help from allies overseas
Bloomberg Businessweek
President Barack Obama said the U.S. needs international help to combat complex challenges such as the war in Afghanistan, as his administration prepares to unveil its formal national security strategy. Obama, speaking to the U.S. Military Academy's graduating class, outlined a new strategy based on diplomacy, international cooperation and stronger international standards and institutions. A national security strategy statement of policy is sent to Congress by each new presidential administration. Obama's is scheduled to be released next week.More

US appoints first cyber warfare general
The Guardian
The U.S. military has appointed its first senior general to direct cyber warfare – despite fears that the move marks another stage in the militarization of cyberspace. The newly promoted four-star general, Keith Alexander, takes charge of the Pentagon's ambitious and controversial new Cyber Command, designed to conduct virtual combat across the world's computer networks. He was appointed in a low-key ceremony at Fort Meade, Md.More

Gates: South Korea must determine attack response
American Forces Press Service
It is up to South Korea, not the United States, to determine how it will deal with a North Korean attack on one of its ships, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Gates was asked by reporters at a Pentagon news conference whether a recent determination that North Korea sank the South Korean frigate Cheonan, killing 46 sailors, was an act of war.More

Obama: US ready to fight North Korea
ABC News
Days after North Korea threatened an all-out-war against South Korea, President Obama ordered the U.S. military to work with South Korea to "ensure readiness" and prepare for future aggressions. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said that North Korea would have to "pay a price" for the torpedo attack on a South Korean navy ship in March that killed 46 young sailors.More

US deploys missiles to Poland to train NATO ally
The Associated Press via Google News
Dozens of American soldiers and a battery of Patriot missiles have arrived in Poland, where they will spend the next two years teaching the Polish military to operate the advanced guided missile system at a base just a few miles from the Russian border. The mission amounts to the most significant deployment ever of U.S. forces to Poland, which once was behind the Iron Curtain but is now an enthusiastic member of NATO.More

Japanese PM: US military base will stay in Okinawa
CNN
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama went back on a campaign promise and announced that a U.S. military base would remain in Okinawa. He called his decision "heartbreaking." "It is true that I said I wanted to relocate the facility outside of Okinawa," he said. "However, I'd like to apologize that the conclusion is not what the Okinawans wanted."More

Army says it will look into claims over care at base
The News Tribune
Five Army generals promised a thorough investigation into complaints that National Guard troops returning from Iraq got second-class treatment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, to make way for the base's active-duty brigades coming home from war this summer.More

Panel restores $112 million to Army budget
Government Executive
The House Armed Services Committee agreed to restore $111.6 million to the Army's budget for several technologies the service is salvaging from the canceled Future Combat Systems program. The amendment to the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, offered by Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, and agreed to by voice vote during the early hours of what will be a marathon markup, reduces to $779.4 million the overall cut to Army modernization efforts that the panel's Air and Land Forces Subcommittee made last week.More

Air Force Reserve gains people, moves planes
Air Force Reserve Command
Air Force Reserve Command will gain more people and move aircraft as part of a proposed force structure realignment announced by the Air Force. The fiscal 2011 realignment will affect some 1,300 positions in the command with increases in security forces, civil engineering and RED HORSE manpower. "Additional security forces, Prime BEEF and RED HORSE manpower are critical to supporting the combatant commanders as well as the Air Force reservists, their families and their employers," said Brig. Gen. Robert E. Bailey, director of installations and mission support at Headquarters AFRC.More

7th Civil Support Command welcomes new Command Sergeant Major
The Army Reserve
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael E. Biere assumed the responsibility as command sergeant major of the 7th Civil Support Command from Command Sgt. Maj. David Stading during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Daenner Parade Field, in Germany. Brig. Gen. Jimmie Jaye Wells, the commanding general of the 7th CSC, presided over the ceremony.More

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve activated as of May 18, 2010
The U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Air Force announced an increase. The Coast Guard announced no change. The net collective result is 945 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