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
Gen. Paul Selva, US Transportation Command boss, on Jan. 23 unveiled the Transport Isolation System, a new means for the Defense Department to transport patients with highly infectious diseases on C-130s or C-17s.
Air Force officials are closely watching the Navy to see how its Sea-Based Deterrence Fund plays out, in the hopes that they could use a similar program to finance much-needed upgrades to the ICBM force, said Air Force Global Strike Command boss Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson on Tuesday.
The Air Force has completed the analysis of alternatives for the Long Range Standoff missile, or LRSO, that is expected to replace the aging Air Launched Cruise Missile by 2030, Air Force Global Strike Command boss Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson told reporters in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
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