According to the Pentagon’s chief of health affairs, William Winkenwerder, DOD’s new digital medical record system—known as AHLTA, and it’s not an acronym—is one of the ways in which DOD is “leading the way” in medical interoperability and data sharing. He told reporters last week that DOD transfers electronic records every month to Veteran Affairs on separated service members. The VA is not so certain they are getting what they need. The Government Accountability Office agrees with VA and the issue is becoming a sore spot with some lawmakers.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.