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 will buy contractor logistics support for several legacy platforms to shift maintainers to the F-35 program, but that could work against the service in the long run, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Friday.
To fill the ranks of F-35 maintainers, the Air Force
will draw 1,100 airmen from the A-10, F-16, and C-130 fleets, the
service said Friday.
The Air Force intends—once again—to divest itself of
the MQ-1 Predator and transition to an all-MQ-9 Reaper fleet of
medium-altitude remotely piloted aircraft, Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes said Friday.
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