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The Bottom Line 2014

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The Bottom Line - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - December 10, 2014
We reported on the FY 2015 defense bill and the results were mixed. When you look closer, the results could be considered good, bad, and potentially ugly.

The Bottom Line - New Congress, More Education

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - November 13, 2014
Congress continues to experience a downward trend in the number of veterans. In 1977, three out of every four elected officials had some degree of military service. Today, less than one in five has served.  

The Bottom Line - Troops Not Buying Compensation Reforms

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - October 9, 2014
It may come as a big surprise to the Pentagon, but the troops are not buying its proposed compensation reforms.

The Bottom Line - Drawdown: Cut With Dignity

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - September 12, 2014
Voluntary measures and tools provide servicemembers with a choice, recognize their service and sacrifice, and allow them to leave on their terms and with dignity. 

The Bottom Line - Time to End the SBP/DIC Offset

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - August 6, 2014
Recently, I helped a survivor, who had lost her retired military spouse, navigate the somewhat confusing benefits in DoD and the VA. 

The Bottom Line - Pay Commission: MOAA is Right on Personnel Costs

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - July 10, 2014
In the recent Army Times article “Curbs on pay and benefits finally taking hold,” retiring DoD Comptroller Robert Hale (who left the Pentagon at the end of June) acknowledged military personnel costs are coming down and claimed, “We are making some progress.”

The Bottom Line - Pay Caps Add Up

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - June 11, 2014
Uniformed leaders point out this is not a “pay cut,” as no servicemembers will see their pay decrease, essentially saying, “Hey, you’re still getting a pay raise, so what are you complaining about?”  

The Bottom Line - The Survey Says?

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - May 15, 2014
There’s no doubt sequestration places uniformed service leaders in a difficult position, a position MOAA believes, if continued, would put national security at risk.

The Bottom Line - Slowly Killing the Commissary

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - April 10, 2014
This year’s budget submission includes a Pentagon proposal to cut commissary subsidy funding. It is a backdoor way to slowly kill the commissary.

The Bottom Line - Will We Ever Learn?

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - March 11, 2014
As the FY 2015 defense budget rolled out and I reviewed all of the Pentagon’s proposals to curb personnel costs, I had a feeling of déjà vu. Many of these same cost-cutting measures were used before in other drawdowns.

The Bottom Line - What’s On the Chopping Block?

By Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - February 12, 2014
So what’s on the chopping block? We don’t have a crystal ball, some forms of pay and benefits have emerged as leading candidates.

The Bottom Line - The Military/Civilian Divide

Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret) - January 16, 2014
Even though the budget deal would help ease the harmful effects of sequestration for two years for the Pentagon, doing so on the backs of servicemembers who serve our nation for more than 20 years is disgraceful.