The Intersect
June 16, 2009

Air Force Reserve Gets New Command Chief
from Air Force Reserve Command
Chief Master Sgt. Dwight D. Badgett has held a variety of jobs on the way to becoming Air Force Reserve Command's new command chief master sergeant, including being a high school teacher. Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., chief of Air Force Reserve and AFRC commander, recently selected Chief Badgett for the command's top enlisted post. More

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for May 2009
from Defenselink
The Department of Defense recently announced its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for the month of May. More

McCaskill Visits Scott Air Force Base to Discuss C-17
from St. Louis Business Journal
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., visited Scott Air Force Base today to meet with General Duncan McNabb, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, about Boeing’s C-17 airlift planes. McCaskill also met with senior officials at Air Mobility Command at the base. More

In Reversal, GOP Balks at War Funding
from The Hill
House Republicans are preparing to vote en bloc against the $106 billion war-spending bill, a position once unthinkable for the party that characterized the money as support for the troops. For years, Republicans portrayed the bills funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as matters of national security and accused Democrats who voted against them of voting against the troops. More

Low-Cost Warplanes Draw Attention
from The Wall Street Journal
Some of the warplanes drawing the most attention at this year's Paris Air Show are some of the slowest. Aerospace and defense companies are trying to capitalize on the growing appeal of low-cost planes packed with high-tech surveillance gear and weapons. These planes are suddenly in vogue as the costliest warplanes are falling out of favor at the Pentagon. More

Boeing Proposes 777 Tanker in Rematch With Northrop
from Bloomberg
Boeing Co. will offer a tanker version of its 777 plane as it seeks to beat Northrop Grumman Corp. in a rematch of the U.S. aerial-refueling competition. The company plans to pitch tankers based on both the 777 and smaller 767 to the Pentagon when the contest begins, Jim Albaugh, its defense chief, said today in a briefing at the Paris Air Show. The larger aircraft would offer maximum fuel capacity and the 767’s selling point is its flexibility, he said. Boeing, the U.S. Air Force’s tanker supplier for more than half a century, lost out to a Northrop design based on the Airbus SAS A330 when the $35 billion tanker order was awarded in February 2008. The Chicago-based company derailed that decision a year ago this week with a successful protest to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. More

VA Expands Health Care Eligibility for Nondisabled
from Associated Press
The Department of Veterans Affairs has started expanding the number of nondisabled moderate-income veterans eligible for health care in its system. It expects that with a new regulation going into effect, nearly 266,000 veterans, for the first time, can use its medical centers and clinics starting next year. More

Lockheed, Boeing, Northrop Split $1.6 Billion on A-10
from Bloomberg
Lockheed Martin Corp., the world's largest defense company, will split the work it's had upgrading U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt jets since 1997 with Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. under a new contract, the military service said. More

Face of Defense: Marine Puts Her Dreams on Hold
from dvids
From a young age, Marine Corps Sgt. Kristy L. Kayto dreamed of being a Marine. She's done that, and now she'd like to be a drill instructor. But she's put that dream on hold, turning down a chance to leave Iraq early in favor of taking care of her Marines there. More

NOAA Chief Steps Up Push for 'Catch Shares'
from Gloucester Daily Times
National oceans and fishing administrator Jane Lubchenco promoted "catch shares," the commodification of wild stock into negotiable rights, as the key to healthy future fisheries. The topic and system of fishery management is at the top of the working agenda — at different stages of implementation and for different reasons — in both New England and Alaska. More

AF Chief: U.S. Won't Make Same Mistakes on Tanker
from Reuters
The U.S. Air Force has stepped up training, elevated oversight and reached out to outside experts to avoid making the same mistakes that doomed its last attempt to buy new aerial refueling tankers, the service's top military officer said. More

Coast Guard Admits Response Slow in Gloucester Fishing Boat Sinking
from The Boston Globe
A U.S. Coast Guard commander conceded today that his agency was slow in responding to a fishing boat sinking off the coast of Gloucester in January, but said that the vessel went down quickly and the two men who died probably could not have been saved. More

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of June 9, 2009
from Defenselink