Keynote Address Speaker and Panelist Announced Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army will be giving the Keynote Address at the Symposium, and Brig. Gen. Ferdinand Irizarry will speak on international issues and national security. Symposium Agenda
Joint Officer Professional Development Seminar (JOPDS) The JOPDS, held in conjunction with the National Security Symposium Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, is for junior and warrant officers of the reserve components and features a joint perspective. Joint Officer Professional Development Seminar Online Registration Deadline Extended to Jan. 14 Register Now: Event Home Page
112th Congress Starts Today Occurring today are the swearing-ins for new congressional members. With the new Congress beginning all pending legislation of the past two years will expire and anything not achieved will have to be reintroduced. NDAA Passed Before Congress left for Christmas it passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill comes to $725 billion for defense programs including $158.7 billion for overseas contingency operations. It provides a 1.4% pay raise for troops and a guarantee for TRICARE for dependants up to age 26. NDAA Highlights for Reservists 1) Permanent authority for Army and USAF to hire non-dual status technicians (ARTs) to fill vacancies of deployed ARTs. 2) Authorizes RC members to carry over accumulated leave earned while mobilized instead of forcing them to use it or sell it back to the government.
White House Orders Defense Cuts The White House has ordered the DoD to cut $90 B from its budget over the next 5 years, beginning with $12 billion in FY12. Later this week Defense Secretary Gates is expected to brief lawmakers and announce cuts such as the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. Other reports suggest DoD may delay submitting a budget until as late as April or May, but the White House still plans to release its budget in February.
New Law Reviews No. 1104 Federal Government Is Not Bound by Incorrect Advice No. 1103 MSPB Is Finally Catching On No. 1102 USERRA’s 5-Year Limit Applies to Employer Relationship No. 1101 Concessions on All Sides No. 1099 Law Review 1008 Reconsidered No. 1098 Paid Military Leave for NG Technicians
Digital Version of January-February 2011 Officer Magazine Now Available