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The Bottom Line 2014

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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.