The Intersect
Dec. 8, 2009

Top Leaders Spell Out President's Strategy
from U.S. DoD
Even as hundreds of Marines launched a new offensive in southern Afghanistan, top U.S. government and military officials made the Sunday morning news-show circuit spelling out President Barack Obama's new war strategy. Both Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on three major networks in a rare showing by two cabinet-level officials at the same time in the studios. More

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Visits Troops in Iraq
from News Blaze
Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Elcan of St. Louis, the senior enlisted advisor to the 620th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 96th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) shakes hands with Dennis McCarthy, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. McCarthy was in Iraq to speak with Reserve and National Guard Soldiers about issues they may be facing during their deployment. More

A National Guard General with Four Stars? At Last
from OregonLive
In news that comes too late to boost Oregon's Adjutant General, Raymond F. Rees, to the top spot at Northcom, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he intends to appoint an officer from the Reserve component to lead the Army's Northern Command. This is something long sought by advocates for the National Guard, which believes it has long taken a back seat to the active component. More

Admiral: Sea Too Large to Stop All Pirate Attacks
from The Associated Press via The Idaho Statesman
International naval forces will never be able to completely secure the vast area of ocean where Somali pirates are hijacking ships off East Africa, the commander of the E.U. Naval Force's counter-piracy efforts said. More

Reservists Fly Kid Rock, Other Artists on Tour for The Troops
from The Air Force Reserve Command
Being an Air Force reservist sometimes has its perks, like when flying an internationally known musician overseas. Aircrews from the 70th and 79th Air Refueling Squadrons based at Travis Air Force Base in California, recently drew lucky straws and took Kid Rock on a KC-10 flight during the 2009 Tour for the Troops. More

HQ USARC Honors Fort Hood Fallen Soldiers
from USARC
Early morning gray skies gave way to a sunny fall afternoon, but the mood was still somber as Army Reserve Soldiers and civilian employees paid their final respects to the five citizen-soldiers who died in the November 5th shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. More

Healers Head to War, Bearing their own Wounds
from The Washington Post
They are the combat medics of the mind, who joined the Army Reserve not to fight but to heal those who fight and sustain the incapacitating, invisible wounds of war. More

Northrop Might Not Offer Bid on Tanker
from Associated Press via The Washington Post
Northrop Grumman said that it won't bid on a major contract to make a new Air Force tanker plane unless the Defense Department changes the rules. Northrop has been tussling for years with Boeing over a contract worth at least $35 billion to build 179 new Air Force tankers. More

Why the C-17 Has Lived On
from Air Force Magazine
Since 2007, DOD has been laboring mightily on a new mobility capability study. An explicit goal of this study is to determine airlift needs in future years. The C-17 is the only long-range airlifter still in production, so one would have thought it was safe, pending the study's completion. One would have been quite wrong. For the better part of a year, top Washington figures have tried hard to kill the C-17, well in advance of the conclusion of the study. That is nothing if not strange. More

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Dec. 1, 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 999 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