Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) wants an “open and honest” dialogue about the state of wounded warrior care and “growing requirements” facing military medics in the war on terror and the need to support the expansion of the Army and Marine Corps. There is another complicating factor, says the chairman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, “The military medical departments are being required to cut costs. They are being tasked to find ‘efficiencies’ in the system to the tune of $248 million in Fiscal 2008.” That’s not all. Snyder added, “They are further required to convert military medical positions to civilian ones, frequently reducing the overall number of medical professionals in the process.” He fears the Pentagon is asking too much.
The 14th Weather Squadron is taking on a new mission performed by no other unit in the military: predicting what the climate might look like 10 years from now, with calculations that include the effect of greenhouse gasses.