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Recommendations for NDAA FY17

HEALTH CARE REFORM PERSONNEL REFORM PROGRAM REFORM ACQUISITION REFORM AUDITING THE PENTAGON

Each year, the Department of Defense spends billions of dollars on wasteful programs and equipment, threatening our country’s ability to maintain a solid national defense.

 

In the coming weeks, Congress will vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2017.

 

Below are five common-sense reforms for Congress to consider as amendments.

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Problem: Health care choice and access for military beneficiaries has been decreasing – while costs are rising. TRICARE in particular has been declining in quality and value, and is far behind other networks in its number of providers and ability to incorporate new types of medical care. At the same time, TRICARE has been increasing prices for its users. It accounts for 10 percent of the Department of Defense’s budget.

Solution: Enact TRICARE reform to improve medical readiness and combat casualty care by ensuring beneficiaries have choice and access to medical care.

Potential taxpayer savings: $6 billion annually after implementation

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PERSONNEL REFORM

Problem: America has fewer soldiers on active duty than it did before the Iraq war, but the civilian workforce and service contracts at the Pentagon are higher than ever. This imbalance is a misalignment in our tooth-to-tail ratio, and our military strength is weakened as a result.

Solution: Reform the business practices of the Department of Defense by re-balancing civilian-military positions and better assessing service contracts.

Potential taxpayer savings: $150 billion over five years

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PROGRAM REFORM

Problem: The Pentagon has been spending billions of dollars on wasteful or inefficient programs, including the Obama administration’s ongoing climate agenda, training for Syrian opposition forces, a dormant Selective Service and handouts for Hollywood.

Solution: Build more transparency into Pentagon spending and end existing ineffective projects that do not enhance the security of the United States of America.

Potential taxpayer savings: $378 million

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ACQUISITION REFORM

Problem: The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program has been plagued by extreme complexity, increased costs and delayed delivery dates. These problems range from requirements for building the vessel to how the competition for developing it was handled. There are currently two different versions of the LCS – each built by a different contractor and each plagued with technical problems that have led each ship to be retested and redesigned.

Solution: Pause and evaluate LCS, and champion acquisition reforms, such as those by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), which propose that the DOD use more effective ship architecture moving forward.

Potential taxpayer savings: $1.6 billion

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AUDITING THE PENTAGON

Problem: The DOD has the largest discretionary budget in the federal government, yet it is the only department that has never been fully audited despite the fact that there are legal requirements to do so. Without auditable books, it’s impossible to hold the Pentagon accountable for wasteful spending.

Solution: Audit the Pentagon in order to enable savings and efficiencies that will help the DOD preserve maximum war-fighting capability.

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