Integrating all the services' clinics and hospitals under a common agency has reduced the negative effects of cutting 18,000 medical billets, the head of the Defense Health Agency said Jan 2. Officials have said about 18,000 positions will be cut. That includes roughly 4,000 Air Force, 7,000 Army and 5,000 Navy billets, officials testified in a Dec. 5 House Armed Services subcommittee hearing. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, who became the Tricare managing agency's director when Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono retired in August, said cutting the billets was not a novel idea suggested by the DHA. Read more on Military.com.