Politico Articles About Military Health System Reform and SECDEF Comment

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Just keeping you informed…

Over the last few days there have been two prominently featured articles about reforming the Military Health System (MHS). The first was this article:

Esper eyes $2.2 billion cut to military health care

But then the SECDEF put this message out on social media:

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Then there was this second article:

Trump rejects Pentagon’s proposed cuts to military health care

In addition, Military Times put this out as well:

Trump shoots down Pentagon proposal to cut troops’ health care

SECDEF’s National Defense Strategy First Year Accomplishments

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This is exactly the kind of high-level document you should read so that you have a perspective on DoD policy. These kind of things tend to come up in interviews for big jobs that will often get you promoted. Here it is…


Secretary Mark T. Esper Message to the Force on Accomplishments in Implementation of the National Defense Strategy

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On 7 JUL 2020, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper released a video address to thank the members of the Department for their hard work and contributions as a team to achieve the goals of the National Defense Strategy over the past year. The Secretary addressed the progress made through three main lines of efforts: lethality and readiness of the force; strengthening allies and build partners; reforming the Department for greater efficiency and accountability. He also addresses his personal priority line of effort: service members and their families.

In addition, the Secretary outlined ten targeted goals to support implementation of these lines of efforts.

“Soon after I came into office, civilian and uniformed leaders across the Department and I met to develop detailed plans to implement these lines of effort. We created a list of ten targeted goals, each with sub tasks, and we set out to accomplish most of these by the end of 2020. They are as follows:

  1. Review, update, and approve all China and Russia plans;
  2. Implement the Immediate Response Force, Contingency Response Force, and Dynamic Force Employment enhanced readiness concepts;
  3. Reallocate, reassign, and redeploy forces in accordance with the NDS;
  4. Achieve a higher level of sustainable readiness;
  5. Develop a coordinated plan to strengthen allies and build partners;
  6. Reform and manage the 4th Estate and DoD;
  7. Focus the Department on China;
  8. Modernize the force—invest in game changing technologies;
  9. Establish realistic joint war games, exercises, and training plans; and,
  10. Develop a modern joint warfighting concept, and ultimately, doctrine.

I am proud to report that we’ve made real progress on these goals, with most on track to be accomplished on time. I will soon be posting an extended list of what we’ve achieved over the past year on the DoD website, but today I want to highlight several standouts, and celebrate what we have accomplished together.”

Secretary Esper’s full video message can be found here. The transcript can be found here.

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper Accepts Resignation of Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly

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Today (ed: which was actually yesterday), Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper accepted the resignation of Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly and announced that he is appointing current Army Undersecretary Jim McPherson as Acting Secretary of the Navy. For Secretary Esper’s statement, please click here.

SECDEF’s Guidance on Ethical Conduct and Political Activities

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Tis the season of politics, so the SECDEF put the following 2 pager out regarding ethical conduct and political activities: