Pay, benefits changes part of 2013 DoD budget

Todd Harrison, senior fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

wfedstaff | June 4, 2015 5:26 pm

The fiscal-year 2013 budget request gives and takes away when it comes to defense.

The official budget proposal calls for a 1.7 percent pay increase for uniformed personnel, but TRICARE would cost more for many.

Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, is part of a team at CSBA that’s surveying military personnel about their benefits.

The group began the survey last month when the Defense Department first began unveiling details of a new defense strategy, including several changes to military retirement.

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Harrison joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the role that pay and benefits play in the official 2013 budget request.


Harrison previously wrote a commentary on the CSBA website titled “Defense Cuts Could Be Only the Beginning,” in which he called the automatic defense cuts known as sequestration a “glaring oversight” in the Pentagon’s budget planning.


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