The Intersect
June. 1, 2010

Obama redefines national security strategy, looks beyond military might
The Washington Post
In a broad redefinition of U.S. strategic priorities, President Obama has said that the United States must revitalize its own economic, moral and innovative strength if it is to continue to lead the world. Just as it did following World War II, the United States must also shape a new international order and system of global institutions that reflect a 21st century reality in which "America's greatness is not assured," Obama says in a 52-page "National Security Strategy" released recently.More

Strike is said to kill a top Al Qaeda leader
The New York Times
The operational leader for Al Qaeda in Afghanistan was killed in an American missile strike in Pakistan's tribal areas in the last two weeks, according to a statement the group issued that American officials believe is correct.More

North Korea scraps military safeguards with south
Voice of America
In a sharp escalation of tensions with South Korea, North Korea says it is discarding military procedures the two sides have agreed to follow for years to ensure a conflict does not get out of hand. The general staff of the North Korean People's Army issued a notice dismantling a wide range of security guarantees it has observed for years.More

Congress to vote on military gay ban
The Associated Press via Google News
Congress neared precedent-setting votes on whether to allow gays to serve openly in the military. A House vote, which could come Thursday evening, would repeal the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell" that has effectively required gays wishing to join the military to hide their sexual orientation.More

Troops leave Haiti
The Wall Street Journal
The bulk of U.S. military forces will depart Haiti, leaving United Nations forces and civilian groups to help the country rebuild its devastated capital in the wake of January's deadly earthquake. The departure, which was agreed upon by the U.S. and Haitian governments and long anticipated, signals that "we have reached a basic level of sustainment in Haiti," said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley in an interview. "The military played an essential short-term role, but now this is getting back to where the focus is on development, and that expertise rests in the civilian sector."More

Gates praises outgoing Coast Guard commandant
American Forces Press Service
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised outgoing Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen for his close working relationship with the military, and said he looks forward to a similar relationship with Allen's successor, Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. Gates spoke at the change-of-command ceremony at Fort Lesley J. McNair, In D.C. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano presided over the ceremony, as her department is the Coast Guard's parent organization.More

Army reaches 1 million unmanned flight hours
American Forces Press Service
The Army celebrated its recent attainment of 1 million hours of unmanned flight with an aircraft display and news conference at the Pentagon's courtyard. The milestone officially was reached April 14, with missions flown in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. "Today we celebrate a major milestone," Army Col. Gregory B. Gonzalez, project manager for unmanned aircraft systems at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., told reporters. "This is a tremendous accomplishment, but it's even more astounding when one considers how quickly the Army achieved this."More

U.S. Air Force tests hypersonic cruise missile
Defense News
The U.S. Air Force on test launched a hypersonic cruise missile, with the vehicle accelerating to Mach 6, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, officials said. The Air Force said the test flight of the X-15A Waverider lasted more than 200 seconds, the longest ever hypersonic flight powered by scramjet propulsion. The previous record was 12 seconds in a NASA X-43 vehicle.More

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of May 25, 2010
The United States 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 2,005 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