The Intersect
June. 29, 2010

Gates, Mullen comment on McChrystal situation
U.S. Department of Defense
Judgment and civilian control of the military were at the heart of President Barack Obama's decision to accept Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's resignation as the NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both said they "fully support' Obama's decision and his nomination of Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to replace McChrystal.More

The runaway general
Rolling Stones Magazine
How'd I get screwed into going to this dinner?" demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It's a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hotel Westminster in Paris. He's in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies – to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have allies. Since McChrystal took over a year ago, the Afghan war has become the exclusive property of the United States. Opposition to the war has already toppled the Dutch government, forced the resignation of Germany's president and sparked both Canada and the Netherlands to announce the withdrawal of their 4,500 troops. McChrystal is in Paris to keep the French, who have lost more than 40 soldiers in Afghanistan, from going all wobbly on him.More

US Congress backs new sanctions against Tehran
The U.S. Congress has overwhelmingly approved new sanctions against foreign companies that trade with Iran, over its nuclear program. Those firms that supply Iran's Revolutionary Guards or contribute to the country's energy industry are targeted by the bill. The sanctions are designed to put pressure on Tehran which denies seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. The bill now goes back to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.More

North Korea rejects UN command sinking talks
North Korea said it has rejected a proposal by the American-led U.N. Command to hold military talks on the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang. The U.N. Command, which oversees the armistice that ended the three-year Korean War in 1953, has launched an investigation of the sinking.More

House looks to pass war funding by recess
The New York Times
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stressed the importance of passing a war spending bill by the time lawmakers leave for an Independence Day recess, but questions remain about what exactly will be included in the legislation. At a briefing, Ms. Pelosi indicated she was open to splitting the measure into two parts to help grease the wheels for passage and did not tip her hand on whether funds to help stave off teacher layoffs would be included.More

Leader of military's program to treat brain injuries steps down abruptly
The leader of the Pentagon's premiere program for treatment and research into brain injury and post traumatic stress disorders has unexpectedly stepped down from her post, according to senior medical and Congressional officials. Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton told staff members at the Defense Centers of Excellence, or DCOE, that she was giving up her position as director. Sutton, who launched the center in November 2007, had been expected to retire next year, officials with knowledge of the situation said. The center has not publicly announced her leaving.More

Boeing C-130 avionics modernization program to enter production
The Boeing Company announced that the U.S. Air Force has granted the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program approval to begin low-rate initial production following a successful Defense Acquisition Board Milestone C production review.More

Future of C-17 cargo jet looks shaky
The Air Force's C-17 Globemaster cargo jet once had a comfortable ride as a project the Defense Department rarely requested but Congress continued to fund — an arrangement that allowed the military, lawmakers and lobbyists to share in the largesse year after year. But the terrain appears much rockier for the Boeing-made plane in fiscal year 2011, as Congress looks for ways to trim the deficit and, more important, Defense Secretary Robert Gates digs in hard against the plane, securing a veto threat against funding for it from President Barack Obama.More

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of June 22, 2010
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army and Marine Corps announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard announced an increase. The net collective result is 377 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