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Control U.S. Military's Health-Care Costs

Military health care costs will continue to skyrocket and take an increasing share of the total budget unless significant changes are made, writes Lawrence J. Korb.

In fiscal 2012, the Pentagon will spend about $100 billion – or about 20 percent of its regular budget – on health care and pensions for military retirees, $52 billion on health care and another $47 billion on retirement. These costs have more than doubled over the past decade and will continue to skyrocket and take an increasing share of the total budget unless significant changes are made.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow

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