The Intersect
Sept. 28, 2010

National Guard and reserves need more resources, study finds
Government Executive
Despite a high-level commission's 2008 conclusion that the United States must increasingly rely on National Guard and military reserve troops' participation in missions overseas and at home, the government still is not sufficiently investing in the necessary policies, laws and budgets to ensure the reserve forces' ability "to fulfill their critical role in U.S. national security," a new report finds.More

Reservists win medical competition
A team of Reserve officers earned first place in the Combat Casualty Care competition during the Interallied Allied Confederation of Reserve Officers annual Congress and Military Competition. USA Team 3 pulled top scores based on their ability to react quickly and assess and treat wounded soldiers during a realistic scenario featuring live actors to simulate war injuries.More

Pentagon hearing gives senators chance to question sweeping cuts
The Hill
Senators will finally get the chance to publicly quiz Defense Department officials about a sweeping initiative to find $100 billion in savings during the next five years. As part of that initiative, Sec. of Defense Robert Gates announced this summer that he would be seeking to cut scores of senior military and contractor positions and to eliminate the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.More

Gates and Carter tackle defense budget
Foreign Policy
No one doubted that Sec. of Defense Robert Gates was serious when he announced that he would seek efficiencies amounting to at least $100 billion over the next five years. Gates made it clear that he understood that unless he could curb the Pentagon's seemingly insatiable budget appetite, either the White House (in the form of the Office of Management and Budget) or Congress would put the DOD on a starvation diet. Only if he could identify real cost efficiencies did Gates feel he would be justified in requesting modest growth in defense spending.More

Suit filed to protect soldiers' voting rights in Maryland
The Daily Caller
On Sept. 23, Officer John Doe (to protect identity) and the Military Voter Protection Project filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Greenbelt Division, against the Maryland State Board of Elections. The lawsuit contends that the MSBE violated the United States Constitution, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, and Maryland law by disenfranchising military personnel and family members with respect to non-federal offices on the ballot in the general election to be held on Nov. 2.More

Defense Department launches absentee voting week
U.S. Department of Defense
The Department of Defense announced Absentee Voting Week, Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, to help servicemembers and civilians serving outside their home states make their votes count. With all U.S. House of Representatives and some U.S. Senate seats at stake during the mid-term elections Nov. 2, the department's Federal Voting Assistance Program has launched a new set of tools to connect voters with their state election processes.More

Defense Department honors Guard, Reserve employers
U.S. Department of Defense
Fifteen U.S. companies nominated by their employees received Defense Department awards for outstanding support to the Guard and Reserve members they employ. Recipients of the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employment Support Freedom Award ranged from small companies to the state of Hawaii. The annual award is presented by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a defense agency.More

Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war
The Washington Post
President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes and documents cited in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.More

Inhofe would expand private care for PTSD, TBI
Air Force Times
Service members and veterans seeking diagnosis or treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries would be able use non-government health care facilities during a five-year pilot project proposed by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.More

Senate mulls tax breaks for vets
The Senate Finance Committee held hearings on the effects of tax and fiscal policy on the military and veterans and how those could be alleviated through the Tax Code. Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., noted that the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Tax Relief Act of 2008, also known as the HEART Act, eliminated many obstacles in the tax laws that created problems for veterans and service members.More

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Sept. 21, 2010
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Army and Navy announced an increase. The net collective result is 2,666 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