July 3, 2013—The Congressional Budget Office just posted online
briefing looking at options for sustaining the defense health program,
concluding like DOD that retirees should pay more. The first graph shows an
increase in military health care's share of the defense budget—from today's
nearly 10 percent to about 14 percent in 2030. The Military Coalition (TMC), a
consortium of more than 30 military support organizations, told Congress
earlier this year that military healthcare, including retiree care, at 10
percent of the defense budget is "a bargain compared to health cost share
of the federal budget (23%), the average state budget (22%) ... ." Looking
at similar size corporate entities, TMC says the military health share is even
more dramatically lower. TMC suggests that
rather than raising beneficiary
costs, "defense leaders should be held accountable for improving efficiency
and consolidating redundant, counterproductive health systems." (TMC
Russia’s intervention in Syria has slowed coalition air operations in Syria, though ISIS has lost 20 percent of the ground it once held, the UK Ministry of Defense said Tuesday.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday handed out commissions to the first graduating class of Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets at Yale University in more than 40 years.
The Senate Armed Service Committee’s version of the defense policy bill would make it illegal to spend any Fiscal 2017 money for the B-21 engineering and manufacturing development program until the Air Force tells defense committees the amount of the contract award.
Tweets by @AirForceMag