US military leaders are creating a national security crisis by “prioritizing alert training over actual warfare,” Representative Dan Crenshaw tweeted Thursday.
Crenshaw (R-Texas), a former Navy SEAL and one of four Republican lawmakers who commissioned a report examining the culture and leadership of the Navy, responded to a tweet Thursday from Sinclair Broadcast Group reporter James Rosen, who said the armed forces were at “a flashing red moment.”
“Unfortunately, the findings of our report are not surprising,” said Crenshaw. “We know that military leaders prioritize alert training over actual warfare. This is what we constantly hear from the military. That does not make it any less of a concern. It is a threat to national security.
The 22-page document, prepared by retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle and retired Navy Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery and released on Tuesday, revealed “many cultural and structural issues that have an impact on the morale and readiness of the Navy’s surface force ”.
These issues included “an insufficient focus on combat skills, the perception of a zero defect mentality accompanied by a culture of micromanagement, and excessive sensitivity and responsiveness to modern media culture.”
As a recently retired “senior leader” said to the report’s authors: “I guarantee every unit in the Navy is aware of their diversity training. I am sorry that I cannot say the same for their ship handling training.
“Sometimes I think we care more about whether we have enough diversity officers than whether we will survive a fight with the Chinese Navy,” said an active duty lieutenant. “It’s criminal. They think my only value is as a black woman. But you open our ship with a missile and we’ll all bleed the same color.
The investigation was precipitated by a series of accidents and incidents, the most recent being the fire that forced the decommissioning of the USS Bonhomme Richard last year.
Other accidents mentioned in the report included the August 2017 collision between an oil tanker and the destroyer USS John S. McCain, which killed 10 sailors, and a collision two months earlier between the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a container ship, resulting in the death of seven sailors. As a result of the latter incident, the two main senior officers of the Fitzgerald and the enlisted sailor were relieved of their duties on board.
The report interviewed 77 current and former Navy personnel and found that 94% of them answered “yes” when asked if the setbacks “were part of a more cultural or leadership issue. wide in the Navy ”.
“I think the surface navy, our destroyers and other surface combatants need a cultural change,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Another lawmaker who commanded, told Fox News on Tuesday. The report.
“Obviously the navy has an important and complex task,” Cotton added, “but the most important thing that we have our surface navy for is to be ready to fight and defeat the Chinese navy, and in Right now, I have real doubts that the Navy instilled the kind of combatant mentality that would allow us to achieve that goal. “
Republicans have repeatedly accused defense agencies of promoting a “waking” worldview and of being more concerned with diversity and domestic politics than with the defense of the nation.
In February, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered a 60-day “withdrawal” of the entire US military for commanders to tackle “extremism” within its ranks. A month earlier, during his confirmation hearings, Austin had vowed to “rid our ranks of racists and extremists.”
Last month, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley championed the study of Critical Race Theory, which teaches that American laws and institutions were founded on white supremacy, in saying he wanted to “understand white rage”.
“I read Karl Marx, I read Lenin,” Milley added. “That doesn’t make me a Communist.
In May, Cotton and Crenshaw launched a whistleblower line for serving military personnel to report “awakened ideology” as part of “diversity training” programs.
“We have received hundreds of complaints from whistleblowers about the critical race theory imposed on our soldiers,” Cotton tweeted last month. “The problem is real – and worse than we thought. “