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The Intersect
Oct. 13, 2009
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From Uniforms to Cybersecurity, Report Details Defense Department Activities
from The Washington Post
If you want to get a sense of the broad range of Defense Department activities, there's no better reading than the 638-page House-Senate conferee report on the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill released last week. More

Department of Defense Extends Deadline for BRAC Moves
from The Washington Business Journal
The Department of Defense is officially allowing agencies to stay in buildings that don't meet antiterrorism security standards beyond the 2011 Base Realignment and Closure deadline, Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., announced. More

U.S. Senate Approves 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill
from The Daily Citizen
Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, praised the Senate's passage of the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill. The bill funds a number of important resources for our servicemen and women and their families, as well as Georgia-made weapons systems and a 2.9 percent, across-the-board pay raise for all military personnel. More

Congress Poised to Kill DOD's Pay-for-Performance System
from Federal Computer Week
Congress is closing the door on the National Security Personnel System in the conference report on the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. NSPS is the pay-for-performance compensation system used by several organizations in the Defense Department. The system consists of a performance management process used to evaluate employees, flexible job classifications and a pay system based on performance. More


Female Sailors Could Join Sub Crews by 2011
from the Navy Times
A handful of female seniors at the Naval Academy or in the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps could very well be the first women to be assigned to a U.S. submarine. And if initial plans fall into place, those women — joined by some seasoned supply and surface nuke lieutenants already in the fleet — will be included in four crews assigned to two Ohio-class submarines by late 2011. More

Engineers Receive Specialty Training at National Training Center
from The U.S. Army Reserve
Comprising hundreds of thousands of acres of desolate desert, the National Training Center offers a prime opportunity for soldiers to hone their tactical and military specialty skills in a challenging environment. For nearly 100 combat engineers the training opportunity means not only sharpening their current skills, but gaining a new Military Occupational Specialty as well. More


DoD Official Visits Montana to Support Guard, Reserve
from Montana’s News Station
The newly appointed U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs is in Montana to support the state, as the state supports Montana troops. Dennis McCarthy met with the Montana League of Cities and Towns to sign a statement of support which affirms that Montana's cities will stand behind members of the military through job support. More

Defense Official: Support Reservists to Avoid Draft
from The Great Falls Tribune
The United States' armed forces are made up entirely of volunteers, a more expensive endeavor than the pre-1972 days when the draft ended, said Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Dennis M. McCarthy. More


National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Oct. 6, 2009
from DefenseLink
This week the Army announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease. The net collective result is 303 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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