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The Intersect
Sept. 22, 2009
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NATIONAL NEWS

McChrystal: More Forces or 'Mission Failure'
from The Washington Post
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post. More

Obama Sharply Alters U.S. Missile Defense Plans
from Defense News
In a major policy reversal, U.S. President Barack Obama has scuttled plans to build a massive ground-based missile defense system based in the Czech Republic and Poland that the Bush administration intended to counter the threat posed by Iranian ballistic missiles. More

TriCare to Change Payment Method
from U.S. Marine Corps
TriCare Prime will soon require beneficiaries to make their payment electronically. When these changes become effective, TriCare will only accept checks to ensure beneficiaries make their first payment while establishing electronic payments. In order to avoid disenrollment because of a late payment, TriCare suggests that beneficiaries make the change as soon as possible. The online payment program allows customers to track their payment history online at any time. More

GAO: Factor Traffic Into BRAC Plans
from The Armed Forces News
The Defense Department must take steps to ensure that traffic ramifications are weighed heavily in plans to relocate more than 123,000 service members and civilian employees within two years, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. More

U.S. Air Force to Take Lead on Tanker Contract
from The New York Times
Defense Sec Robert M. Gates said that he would put the United States Air Force in charge of awarding a $35 billion contract for refueling tankers even though it botched two earlier efforts. More

Generals Look to Future Challenges, Opportunities
from Defense Talk
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz joined 13 other generals during a panel discussion at the 2009 Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition held at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. "This is the group of leaders that strives every day to be worthy of the brilliance and excellence of our Airmen," Schwartz said in kicking off the forum. More

SERVICE SECTION NEWS

Soldier Memorialized at Army Reserve Center Dedication
from U.S. Army Reserve
The Army honored a fallen warrior by dedicating an Army Reserve Center in his name. The dedication ceremony for the Capt. John E. Smathers U.S. Army Reserve Center. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 attended the ceremony earlier this month. More

Rescuers Show Skills at Military Salute Demo
fom the Air force Command
A dozen pararescuemen, or PJs, from the Air Force Reserve's 920th Rescue Wing demonstrated how they get to work to save mariners who are in distress or lost at sea. They parachuted from an HC-130P/N Hercules aircraft into the Atlantic Ocean off Cocoa Beach, Fla. More

C-5M Crew Claims 41 World Records
from Air Force Reserve Command
A Dover aircrew flying a C-5M Super Galaxy, named the Spirit of Normandy, unofficially set 41 world records in a single flight, taking off from the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del., before dawn. The results are pending certification by the National Aeronautic Association and should be finalized in about a month, said Kristan Maynard, the NAA official observer who documented the world-record attempt. The NAA is the record-keeper for U.S. aviation. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Sept. 15, 2009
from Defenselink
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 625 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

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