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
The Air Force is pressing to upgrade the valor award
for fallen TSgt. John Chapman from an Air Force Cross to a Medal of
Honor after new video shows he continued fighting alone after a Navy
SEAL team he was with left him on an Afghan mountainside.
The use of overseas contingency operations funds to
meet non-war needs hinders effective planning and budgetary discipline,
former Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale said Monday.
The Air Force’s 100th F-35 Lightning II strike fighter arrived at Luke AFB, Ariz., on Friday, less than a month after the service declared its latest generation aircraft was ready for combat.
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