On several occasions over the past couple of years, we've written about the "war" on military retirement benefits. And unlike the so-called "war on women," this battle is very real. Pentagon officials and various think tank wonks have decided that the pension and benefits package for military retirees (and their dependents) is too generous, and cuts must be made.
The latest group to wade into the fray is the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress. Late last week, the center issued a new report, entitled "Re balancing Our National Security," which recommends wholesale changes to the military retirement plan. As summarized in Air Force Times:
The [report] calls for capping pay raises, eliminating military health benefits for many retirees who are covered by an employer-provided plan, and reducing the value of military retired pay as well as making retirees wait until age 60 to start receiving it.