Attractions of Service Obscured by Hard Costs of War

August 27, 2015 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott Perhaps to a degree not seen before, news outlets, politicians of every stripe and wounded warrior charities have turned an intense spotlight on problems service members and … [Read more...]

The Arguments Behind New Tech-Track Career Paths

August 20, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Every year, hundreds of technically or tactically skilled officers and non-commissioned officers, trained at great expense, leave the military for the private sector, not because … [Read more...]

‘Force of the Future’ to Reward Talent, Diversity, Motherhood

August 13, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Defense Secretary Ashton Carter next month will be presented with a package of detailed proposals for reshaping military and defense civilian pays, promotions and quality of life, … [Read more...]

Commissary Reformers Eye Repeal of ‘Cost-Plus-5%’ Pricing

August 06, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Defense officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus five percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary … [Read more...]

Compound Drugs Fleece TRICARE, Create Deep Budget Hole

July 30, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Dodgy companies peddling pricey compound pharmaceuticals have fleeced the TRICARE program so severely this year, before tougher screening procedures took effect May 1, that they are … [Read more...]

VA Chief Counterpunches Over ‘Community Care’ Costs

July 23, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, which Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics, … [Read more...]

Vet Groups Warn Hill Not to Act on Aging of ‘IU’ Claimants

July 16, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Representatives of The American Legion and Disabled American Veterans have warned lawmakers to reject calls to impose an age ceiling or other new cost control on VA compensation … [Read more...]

Military Hospitals to Seek More Challenging Patient Mix

July 09, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Department of Defense will ask Congress for new authorities to funnel more challenging cases into military treatment facilities, a move aimed at sustaining wartime specialty … [Read more...]

Doctor Readiness Factors in DoD Plan to Streamline Inpatient Care

July 02, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Doctor Skills Factor in Plan to Streamline Inpatient Care The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private sector … [Read more...]

Senate Votes to End Hide-the-Food-Stamps Game Stateside

June 25, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Senate has voted to end a special food allowance stateside that was conceived 14 years ago primarily to avoid more news reports of military families using food stamps. On that … [Read more...]

Senate Action: Privatized Commissaries Killed; ‘Couples BAH’ Cut Survives

June 18, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Senate Action: Privatized Commissaries Killed; ‘Couples BAH' Cut Survives The Senate voted Wednesday to kill a plan hatched by its armed services committee to privatize five large commissary … [Read more...]

House Supports Biggest Military Pay Raise in Five Years

June 17, 2015 | Terry Howell

[UPDATED: June 18, 2015] Last week the House of Representatives passed their version of the 2016 defense budget (H.R. 1735) , which includes plans to give service members a 2.3 percent pay increase … [Read more...]