Congress and the Next President Should Review Results of Research on Women in Combat
On February 2, 2016, the Senate Armed Services Committee held the first hearing on women in combat since 1991, 25 years ago. Appearing at the hearing were Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, Gen. Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Gen. Robert Neller, the Commandant of the Marine Corps.Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain invited the Center for Military Readiness to submit a Statement for the Record for the hearing. The full 37-page statement, which is supported by extensive footnotes and links to cited sources, ... Read More
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UPDATE #2: CMR Quadrennial Presidential Candidate Survey
CMR Conducts 2016 Quadrennial Presidential Candidate Survey
It’s 11:00 PM – Do you know where your presidential candidate stands on women in land combat? What about registering unsuspecting girls-next-door for Selective Service, without a vote of Congress?And will the next president continue LGBT celebrations promoting transgenders in the military, while encouraging threats to religious liberty in the military? The 2016 CMR Quadrennial Presidential Candidate Survey aims to find out where the candidates stand . . . Read More
Yesterday, President Barack Obama and Secretary Carter overruled the best professional advice of the U.S. Marine Corps in matters involving life, death, and national security. Secretary Carter also broke his own promise to base his decision on the quality of scientific research behind the military services’ recommendations.This Executive Summary of the Interim CMR Special Report – Part II, which CMR released on Tuesday, highlights in Section A empirical data and findings that the Secretary has ignored at great peril. Section B refutes unworkable “mitigation” proposals that the services are supposed to implement by April Fool’s Day, 2016. ... Read More
U.S. Marine Corps Research Findings: Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat?
The Center for Military Readiness has released a new two-section, 38-page Interim CMR Special Report that analyzes recently-released results of U.S. Marine Corps research done on the subject of Women in Direct Ground Combat. Data released to date confirm that implementation of plans to order women into direct ground combat units by January 2016 would needlessly harm military women, men in the combat arms, and the All-Volunteer Force on which national security depends.
CMR President Elaine Donnelly has called on Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to honor his own promise that his decision regarding women in close combat recommendations would rely on “the analytic underpinnings and the data supporting them.” By that measure, Donnelly said, “Secretary Carter must assign greater weight to Marine Corps empirical evidence than he does to wishful thinking, unsupported speculations, and ‘mitigation myths.’ “Read More