Military Health Care

April 8, 2013 - 3:27 AM
FILE - In this April 3, 2013 file photo U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the National Defense University in Fort McNair, Washington. Hagel said the greatest financial threat to the Pentagon isn't budget cuts but rather the "unchecked, spiraling costs" of new weapons and personnel benefits. He warned of sharply deeper cuts to personnel, health care and weapons systems across his department, and next week's budget blueprint is expected to include several congressionally unpopular proposals: requests for two rounds of domestic base closings in 2015 and 2017, a 1 percent pay raise for military personnel and a revival of last yearís plan to increase health care fees and implement new ones, according to several defense analysts. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)