Department of Defense Authorization for Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011, Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session on S. 3454, March 10, 24; April 28; and May 12, 2010   [open pdf - 4MB]

Alternate Title: Part 6: Personnel

This is the official document from part six of the hearings on Senate bill 3454, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. The purpose of these hearings was "to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2011 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes." From the opening statement of Jim Webb: "This subcommittee faces a very clear and immediate challenge, and that is in addressing the rising costs of personnel. The combination of rising end strengths and an increasing compensation package continues to send personnel-related costs soaring. As Secretary Gates recently said, ''The costs of healthcare are eating the Department alive.'' The total personnel-related budget in the Department's fiscal year 2011 request, including the cost of providing healthcare to servicemembers, their families, and retirees, amounts to $178 billion, or 32 percent of the overall DOD base budget. By contrast, when I was Secretary of the Navy in 1987, I think the entire Navy budget was right about $100 billion. Compare that with the fiscal year 2003 total personnel-related spending, including healthcare, amounted to $114 billion. That's an increase of 56 percent from fiscal year 2003 to fiscal year 2011. By all accounts, that growth is going to continue. Though these challenges are steep, we should also be thankful for the successes that the Department and our Services have enjoyed. The combination of patriotism, a stagnant economy, a robust compensation package, including retirement, healthcare, and education benefits, have allowed the Services to achieve historic highs in recruiting and retention." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jim Webb, Clifford L. Stanley, Thomas R. Lamont, Juan M. Garcia III, Daniel B. Ginsberg, Joseph L. Barnes, Kathleen B. Moakler, Michael Cline, Deirdre Parke Holleman, Steven P. Strobridge, Benjamin L. Cardin, Charles L. Rice, Christine S. Hunter, Eric B. Schoomaker, Adam M. Robinson, Jr., Charles B. Green, Richard R. Jeffries, William J. Carr, Brenda S. Farrell, Carla Tighe Murray, James R. Hosek, Dennis M. McCarthy, Craig R. McKinley, Harry M. Wyatt, Raymond W. Carpenter, Jack C. Stultz, Dirk J. Debbink, John F. Kelly, Charles E. Stenner, Jr., and Sandra L. Stosz.

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S. Hrg. 111-701, Pt. 6; Senate Hearing 111-701, Part 6
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