Best Defense

Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Budget crunch? Or, who in the defense establishment is paid $1.5 million?

Nope, not the chairman of the Joint Chiefs. But yes, the coach of the Navy football team gets that salary. The Air Force coach makes $889,000, USA Today reports. By comparison, the Army coach is practically on food stamps, getting just $610,000. (On the other hand, that still works out to more than $200,000 per ...

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Nope, not the chairman of the Joint Chiefs. But yes, the coach of the Navy football team gets that salary. The Air Force coach makes $889,000, USA Today reports. By comparison, the Army coach is practically on food stamps, getting just $610,000. (On the other hand, that still works out to more than $200,000 per Army win, so far this season.)

(HT to JW)

Nope, not the chairman of the Joint Chiefs. But yes, the coach of the Navy football team gets that salary. The Air Force coach makes $889,000, USA Today reports. By comparison, the Army coach is practically on food stamps, getting just $610,000. (On the other hand, that still works out to more than $200,000 per Army win, so far this season.)

(HT to JW)

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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