The Intersect
Dec. 15, 2009

Congress readies defense budget
The Associated Press via Google News
Congress is knocking nearly $1 billion off President Barack Obama's request for Afghanistan's security forces and instead devoting the money to buying more mine-resistant vehicles for U.S. troops there.More

Defense spending bill ignores budget cuts pushed by Pentagon
The Hill
The defense-spending bill written by Congress ignores cuts to several high-profile Pentagon programs proposed by the Obama administration. The bill, which is expected to come to the House floor this week, includes money for the General Electric-Rolls-Royce alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and for 10 additional Boeing C-17 cargo planes.More

House GOP warns Nancy Pelosi on defense bill
Politico
One-hundred-and-seventy-four House Republicans warned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that they won't vote for the Defense Department's spending bill if a hike of the debt ceiling is tacked on.More

Pentagon, CIA eye new threat: Climate change
NPR
Global warming is now officially considered a threat to U.S. national security. For the first time, Pentagon planners in 2010 will include climate change among the security threats identified in the Quadrennial Defense Review, the Congress-mandated report that updates Pentagon priorities every four years.More

"Balancing act" stresses reservists, general says
DVIDS
Reservists face unique challenges that may be tipping their stress level over that of their active-duty counterparts, a health affairs official said. The balancing act of multiple job requirements, coupled with geographic isolation, combine to put a strain on the reserve force, said Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Margaret Wilmoth, assistant for mobilization and reserve affairs for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.More

Obama: Success of strategy evident in a year
Army Times
President Barack Obama says he'll know by the end of 2010 if his Afghan strategy is working, and pledges to change direction if the U.S. military is not on course "in terms of securing population centers" from Taliban militants.More

U.S. spy drones are latest weapon in fight against Somali piracy
The Times Online
U.S. spy drones launched from the Seychelles have joined the fight against Somali piracy as the international community searches for ways to end the threat to global shipping routes. The latest weapon in the battle against the pirates is the remote-controlled MQ9 Reaper surveillance aircraft, with a 20-meter wingspan, capable of flying sorties of up to 18 hours.More

DoD to add $100 billion to 2011-15 spending
Defense News
The Obama administration will add $100 billion to the Pentagon's 2011-15 base budget plan to cover the rising cost of personnel and pressing modernization needs, officials said. If approved by Congress, the money would allow U.S. defense spending to rise about one percent above projected inflation, analysts said.More

Obama wants QRMC review of Guard, Reserve pay
The Navy Times
President Barack Obama has ordered the next year-long Pentagon pay study to concentrate on improvements aimed at troops in combat, Guard and reserve members and those wounded in war, their caregivers and survivors.More

Navy establishes new GI bill policy
Millitary.com
The Navy established formal policy for transferability of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for limited duty Sailors in a message released. NAVADMIN 354/09 states that Sailors in a LIMDU status who require an additional service obligation for transferability must wait for a final determination of their medical status to be completed.More

Passing on knowledge
JSOnline
Yusuf Khan went through medical school during the Taliban occupation, a time when only men were allowed to study medicine. Medical care in this poor, war-ravaged country resembles nothing of the American system. But a group of Wisconsin-based Army Reserve soldiers are mentoring Khan, 37, and other Afghan doctors through an innovative residency program.More

New carrier berth part of Guam expansion
The Navy Times
Navy officials want to build a deep-draft wharf in Guam’s main harbor that would better accommodate nuclear-powered aircraft carriers when they visit. The new berth at Polaris Point, on the eastern side of Apra Harbor, is part of the military’s plan to expand naval waterfront facilities, build expeditionary training ranges on the nearby island of Tinian and house a large military force, including 8,600 Marines who will shift to Guam from Okinawa.More

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve activated as of Dec. 8, 2009
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Navy and Coast Guard announced a decrease. The net collective result is 3,743 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

Congress readies defense budget
The Associated Press via Google News
Congress is knocking nearly $1 billion off President Barack Obama's request for Afghanistan's security forces and instead devoting the money to buying more mine-resistant vehicles for U.S. troops there.More

Defense spending bill ignores budget cuts pushed by Pentagon
The Hill
The defense-spending bill written by Congress ignores cuts to several high-profile Pentagon programs proposed by the Obama administration. The bill, which is expected to come to the House floor this week, includes money for the General Electric-Rolls-Royce alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and for 10 additional Boeing C-17 cargo planes.More

House GOP warns Nancy Pelosi on defense bill
Politico
One-hundred-and-seventy-four House Republicans warned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that they won't vote for the Defense Department's spending bill if a hike of the debt ceiling is tacked on.More

Pentagon, CIA eye new threat: Climate change
NPR
Global warming is now officially considered a threat to U.S. national security. For the first time, Pentagon planners in 2010 will include climate change among the security threats identified in the Quadrennial Defense Review, the Congress-mandated report that updates Pentagon priorities every four years.More

"Balancing act" stresses reservists, general says
DVIDS
Reservists face unique challenges that may be tipping their stress level over that of their active-duty counterparts, a health affairs official said. The balancing act of multiple job requirements, coupled with geographic isolation, combine to put a strain on the reserve force, said Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Margaret Wilmoth, assistant for mobilization and reserve affairs for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.More

Obama: Success of strategy evident in a year
Army Times
President Barack Obama says he'll know by the end of 2010 if his Afghan strategy is working, and pledges to change direction if the U.S. military is not on course "in terms of securing population centers" from Taliban militants.More

U.S. spy drones are latest weapon in fight against Somali piracy
The Times Online
U.S. spy drones launched from the Seychelles have joined the fight against Somali piracy as the international community searches for ways to end the threat to global shipping routes. The latest weapon in the battle against the pirates is the remote-controlled MQ9 Reaper surveillance aircraft, with a 20-meter wingspan, capable of flying sorties of up to 18 hours.More

DoD to add $100 billion to 2011-15 spending
Defense News
The Obama administration will add $100 billion to the Pentagon's 2011-15 base budget plan to cover the rising cost of personnel and pressing modernization needs, officials said. If approved by Congress, the money would allow U.S. defense spending to rise about one percent above projected inflation, analysts said.More

Obama wants QRMC review of Guard, Reserve pay
The Navy Times
President Barack Obama has ordered the next year-long Pentagon pay study to concentrate on improvements aimed at troops in combat, Guard and reserve members and those wounded in war, their caregivers and survivors.More

Navy establishes new GI bill policy
Millitary.com
The Navy established formal policy for transferability of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for limited duty Sailors in a message released. NAVADMIN 354/09 states that Sailors in a LIMDU status who require an additional service obligation for transferability must wait for a final determination of their medical status to be completed.More

Passing on knowledge
JSOnline
Yusuf Khan went through medical school during the Taliban occupation, a time when only men were allowed to study medicine. Medical care in this poor, war-ravaged country resembles nothing of the American system. But a group of Wisconsin-based Army Reserve soldiers are mentoring Khan, 37, and other Afghan doctors through an innovative residency program.More

New carrier berth part of Guam expansion
The Navy Times
Navy officials want to build a deep-draft wharf in Guam’s main harbor that would better accommodate nuclear-powered aircraft carriers when they visit. The new berth at Polaris Point, on the eastern side of Apra Harbor, is part of the military’s plan to expand naval waterfront facilities, build expeditionary training ranges on the nearby island of Tinian and house a large military force, including 8,600 Marines who will shift to Guam from Okinawa.More

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve activated as of Dec. 8, 2009
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Navy and Coast Guard announced a decrease. The net collective result is 3,743 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