A new report on the Navy's training priorities details a scathing culture of bureaucracy that has shifted away from warfighting. The new report was done at the behest of Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton (R) and Representatives Mike Gallagher (R) of Wisconsin and Dan Crenshaw (R) of Texas, and it reveals that more care seems to be dedicated to diversity than to how to survive a fight with the Chinese Navy.
One of the authors, retired Admiral Mark Montgomery, recently told the Fox News Channel that "the focus on warfighting needs to be job one."
"That assessment, while blunt and harsh in my opinion, only scratches the surface of some of the endemic problems that the Navy is facing today," responds Commander Kirk Lippold (USN-Ret.), who serves as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. "A concern for me is when the Biden administration took over and they say, 'Our number-one national security threat is climate change.' And then all of the service chiefs all line up and say, 'Oh, yes, sir. That is our number-one threat.'"
Lippold warns that attitude is putting people's lives in danger.
"Right then and there it told me that the senior leadership of the military has become so politically compromised that they no longer represent the national security interests of the American people in the United States, and they are willing to allow those young men and women who serve our nation to die in order for them to maintain political power and connections."
Members of Congress are also increasingly concerned about the infiltration of critical race theory in the country's military academies. A recent example is an op-ed written by Associate Professor Lynne Chandler Garcia of the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition to calling America a racist country, she argues in her piece that all military academies should teach critical race theory.
"Senior leaders are willing to support the Biden agenda without reservations I think primarily because they either don't understand what this critical race theory is about, or they're more concerned about their own reputations," responds retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, who now serves as executive vice president of the Family Research Council.
Boykin says the breakdown in cohesion among America's troops is partly because they are being taught critical race theory, which is putting America at greater risk.
"When you reduce the readiness of the military with all the adversaries that we have, I mean the nations and the non-nation threats that want to destroy America, reduction of readiness in our military is a serious issue," he warns.
But as long as the Biden administration is in power, Boykin believes the situation will only get worse.