The Intersect
Oct. 12, 2010

Security job goes to insider
The Washington Post
President Obama's promotion of Thomas E. Donilon to the post of national security adviser is an acknowledgment that the administration is entering a phase in which domestic political considerations will press more forcefully on foreign policy decisions.More

Some vets get pink slips instead of tickertape
Last year Mike Vahey returned from a four-year enlistment, including duty in Iraq and Kuwait, where he was a sergeant on an Army diving team inspecting ports for bombs. When he returned home he expected his job as an engineer at a General Motors plant in Newport, Del., would be waiting for him. "There wasn't a doubt in my mind that my job would be there when I got back," said Vahey, 40, who had worked for GM since 1997, most recently as a quality launch engineer. "I didn't give much thought to it. I felt I was protected and had nothing to worry about."More

Study finds cost of the wars up to $900 billion
A new study estimates that the cost for the United States of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will reach about $900 billion over the next 40 years and there's no plan to pay for it. The study, conducted by Nobel Prize economics laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, was presented during a hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans' Affairs Committee.More

Reservist lawmaker's ad may have violated policy
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
State Rep. Rida Cabanilla Arakawa, an Army Reservist who beat a Democratic opponent in Hawaii's primary election, may have violated Pentagon policy on campaigning in uniform. Violations of the policy have occurred across the country, but an Army Reserve lawyer said little can be done to political candidates who are part-time soldiers.More

Guam hit with lawsuit over absentee ballots
Navy Times
The Justice Department filed suit against Guam in the first public signal that the government has been checking to make sure states and territories are following federal law to ensure that military and overseas voters are given sufficient time to cast their absentee ballots. And there may be more legal action to come.More

Vets groups lose at Supreme Court
Fox News
Two veterans groups lost in their effort to have the Supreme Court force bureaucrats in the Department of Veterans Affairs to move more swiftly in processing claims, as the Supreme Court announced they will not hear a case challenging a supposed lack of brevity from the government. The Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Modern Warfare allege that the VA takes far too long to process claims made by its members and for all veterans. They contend that officials can take more than a year to respond to an initial claim and upwards of five years for the appeals process to wind its way through a "Byzantine system of procedural hurdles."More

Stolen valor fight may go to Supreme Court
The Associated Press via
The Justice Department is battling to save a federal law that makes it illegal to lie about being a war hero, appealing two court rulings that the statute is an unconstitutional muzzle on free speech. The fight could be carried all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it would face an uncertain fate, legal analysts said.More

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Oct. 5, 2010
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Marine Corps announced an increase. The net collective result is 3,137 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