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
NATO allies this week committed to new large-scale
deployments to Eastern Europe to counter Russian threats, including
United Kingdom fighter jets and US combat brigades.
Two Air Force intelligence, surveillance, and
reconnaissance assets were used to bring down a small ISIS drone earlier
this month, the service confirmed.
The Air Force has tasked the Pentagon’s Defense
Innovation Unit Experimental in Silicon Valley to work with industry to
figure out new ways to control small unmanned aerial systems.
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