The Intersect
Dec. 1, 2009

William Greenberg Heads Policy Board for Part-time Soldiers
from The Philadelphia Inquirer
William Greenberg is a retired Army brigadier general and prominent New Jersey lawyer who has volunteered to represent the state's part-time soldiers before military boards determining fitness for duty. Based on that experience, he would scrap the system of classifying the wounded and injured in favor of another that retrains service members for other duties or provides 100 percent disability pay, he said. As new chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, Greenberg, 66, of Princeton, now is in a position to have his proposals heard by the Defense Department. More

Afghanistan Plan Entails More Than Troops
from USA Today
The Afghanistan strategy President Obama will detail involves more than sending additional forces, experts and officials say, and will give the president a chance to address growing public skepticism. More

34,000 Troops will be Sent to Afghanistan
from The Washington Post
President Obama will outline his intention to send an additional 34,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials and diplomatic sources briefed Monday as Obama began informing allies of his plan. More

Marines to be First Wave in New Afghanistan Plan
from The Associated Press
New infusions of U.S. Marines will begin moving into Afghanistan almost as soon as President Barack Obama announces a redrawn battle strategy, a plan widely expected to include more than 30,000 additional U.S. forces. Obama will try to sell a skeptical public on his bigger, costlier war plan by coupling the large new troop infusion with an emphasis on stepped-up training for Afghan forces that he says will allow the U.S. to leave. More

Fight Looms on How to Pay for New War Plan
from The Wall Street Journal
When President Barack Obama unveils his new Afghan war strategy , he will face an immediate political fight over how to pay for it. After a months-long review, Mr. Obama summoned Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other top military and civilian officials to the White House to brief them on his decision to send tens of thousands of new U.S. troops to Afghanistan. More

'Army Strong' Now Means Mental Toughness, Too
from National Public Radio
The Army has always trained its soldiers to be physically strong. With its Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program, it's aiming to make soldiers and their families psychologically strong as well. Host Scott Simon speaks to the program's director, Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum. More

New Step in the Process to End Stop-loss
from The Army Times
Some Regular Army enlisted soldiers soon will be told to either deploy or leave service as the Army phases out the controversial and unpopular stop-loss program. Soldiers who do not re-enlist or extend will be subject to the rules of a new program approved by Army leaders in mid-November. Under the Enlisted Involuntary Early Separation Program, in some cases soldiers may be involuntarily separated before their expiration term of service, or ETS. More

Army Guard Works to Help Soldiers Find Jobs
from The National Guard
Because of the current slow economy, some Guardsmen are returning from deployments to find their civilian job has been downsized or completely done away with. So, the Army National Guard has implemented several employment initiatives to help Soldiers during this time of transition. More

Nuclear Wings Set to Join Global Strike Command
from The Air Force Times
Three nuclear missile wings will transfer from Air Force Space Command to Global Strike Command while the service again addresses more inspection failures and firings in its nuclear operations. It will mark the first time nuclear units will fall under Global Strike Command since it stood up in September to help solve the problems the Air Force has had handling nuclear weapons the past two years. More

National Guard (In Federal Status) And Reserve Activated As Of Nov. 24, 2009
from Department of Defense
This week the Air Force and Coast Guard announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Army, Navy and Marine Corps announced a decrease. The net collective result is 770 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