The Intersect
July 13, 2010

First USERRA case to go before Supreme Court
Marine Corps Times
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first-ever case involving an alleged violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Army Reserve Sgt. Vincent Staub claimed that Proctor Hospital, of Peoria, Ill., violated his rights under USERRA when it fired him from his job as an angiography technologist in April 2004. He contended that the reasons given for the firing - insubordination, shirking and attitude problems - were a pretext for discrimination based on his military duties.More

House Veteran's Affairs Chair hails PTSD rules
Veterans Today
Congressman John Hall, N.Y.-19, Chairman of the House Veteran's Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, applauded the news that the Veterans Administration will adopt a rule next week granting presumption of service connection to any veteran who served in a combat zone and has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.More

Leaders urge participation in 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' survey
United States Army
Noting the importance of getting the opinions of those who would be most affected by a possible repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urged servicemembers to provide their input. About 400,000 servicemembers are receiving an e-mail survey seeking their opinions, and the department has an online inbox at for additional feedback from common access card holders.More

DADT federal court case begins
A Republican gay rights group frustrated with the Obama administration's failure to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law that requires gay military members to keep quiet about their orientation is challenging the policy's constitutionality in federal court. If the Log Cabin Republicans win their case, their lawyer says he will ask a federal judge to do what President Obama has so far failed to do - halt the policy immediately nationwide.More

Pentagon wants to move $3.9 billion around
Defense News
The Pentagon wants to shift nearly $4 billion in previously allocated funding, much of it within the Army's budget to buy arms and gear needed in Afghanistan, according to an omnibus reprogramming request. Defense News obtained a copy of the 89-page request, signed by Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale and sent to Congress for review.More

On Pentagon wish list: Russian copters
The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration's recent lifting of sanctions against Russia's state arms exporter could boost orders for Russian aircraft from a somewhat-unexpected customer: the U.S. military. As part of its effort to equip the militaries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, the Pentagon has in recent years been snapping up helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from the arsenals of its former Cold War rivals, including Russia. The goal is to help the three countries build air forces that are rugged, affordable and easy to operate. More

Aerospace group warns of job cuts if Congress fails to approve war bill
The Hill
Congress should immediately pass emergency spending legislation for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to prevent defense contractors from shedding jobs, an association representing the defense and aerospace industry said. The warning shot from the Aerospace Industries Association comes as the Pentagon entered the last quarter of fiscal 2010 without the additional money requested to fight the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.More

Army hopes windmill will wind down power costs
Tooele Transcript Bulletin
The Tooele Army Depot in Utah christened a new $3.8 million wind turbine project that's the first initiative of its kind in the nation for the Army. Rising nearly 400 feet above the landscape, its blades spinning lazily in the afternoon breeze, the turbine was heralded by depot commander Col. Yolanda Dennis-Lowman during a ribbon-cutting ceremony as a project capable of saving the depot roughly $200,000 a year in energy costs.More

Marine Corps calls for "New Program" view of EFV
The Year in Defense
With the recent delivery of the first SDD-2 Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle prototypes to the Marine Corps' Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch, located at Camp Pendleton, Calif., senior service representatives are calling for observers to take a new perspective on the program.More

Coast Guard commandant may call on National Guard
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp answered critics of the Coast Guard's response to the BP oil gusher, saying the nation wasn't ready for the disaster, which has left crude spewing into the Gulf of Mexico since April 20. He also said a federal law limiting deployments for reservists might force the Coast Guard to lean on the National Guard for help during the long response to the disaster.More

Ukraine's Antonov partnering on Air Force tanker bid
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Ukrainian plane maker Antonov has signed a deal to partner with American aerospace and defense contractor U.S. Aerospace, Inc. on a bid for the Air Force's KC-X aerial refueling tanker contract, U.S. Aerospace announced. The announcement comes just over three months after a report (soon refuted) that Russian government-owned United Aircraft Corp. would offer the Air Force a tanker version of its Ilyushin Il-96.More

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of July 06, 2010
U.S. Department of Defense
The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Air Force announced an increase. The net collective result is 668 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