Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Keeping Faith With The Troops: How Congress Can Fix The Military's Compensation Problems

There is a saying among defense budget analysts that amateurs talk acquisitions but professionals talk compensation.  Okay, that’s not really a thing budget analysts say—but they should.  Pay and benefits for military personnel consume more than one third of DoD’s annual budget—$178 billion in the current fiscal year.  That’s why so many in Washington were anxiously waiting to see the recommendations late last month of a special commission created by Congress to recommend reforms to military compensation.