Pentagon officials and service health care professionals gathered this week for the annual state of military health care conference. The mantra was consolidation and transformation to eliminate redundancy and improve response to changing patient demographics—in a word, jointness. Officials cited the changes to be wrought under BRAC 2005, such as the replacement of historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. with a national medical center at Bethesda, Md., and consolidation of military medical training at Ft. Sam Houston, Tex. Officials also had high praise for military medicine on the battlefield and in medical evacuation.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.