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April 12, 2017

As the Center for Military Readiness reported last December, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) used his power as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee to create a government-subsidized commission to promote his own long-favored causes at the expense of every young man and woman in America, plus military readiness in a time of national emergency.

Just prior to the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, lame-duck President Obama appointed three members to serve on the new Commission on Military, National and Public Service, which Chairman McCain created during a closed-door markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2017.  The commission will spend the next three years working to achieve goals that McCain and Obama share: “Draft America’s Daughters” legislation and universal conscription for government-directed “national service." . . . Read More

March 25, 2017

On March 15, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York hauled in Marine Commandant General Robert Neller, lambasting him for the red-hot Marines United Internet photo-sharing scandal.  She was not alone in expressing outrage that 30,000 members of the limited access Facebook community were sharing photos of female Marines without their consent.

It appears that most of the pictures of servicewomen were lifted from PG-rated social media sites, and AP reported that the “bulk” of them were selfies taken by women themselves.  Still, sensational reports focused on nude pictures posted in restricted sections of Marines United and similar websites in the other services.  Before the offensive pages were shut down, members-only could post and see photos of women in various stages of undress. ... Read More

December 14, 2016

During a closed-door mark-up session of the Senate Armed Services Committee in May 2016, Chairman John McCain sponsored without prior notice a controversial provision for the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  If McCain’s “Draft America’s Daughters” legislation had been passed and signed into law, young women as well as men would have been required to register with Selective Service (SS) for a possible military draft.

Chairman McCain’s legislation also called for a National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service to review the future of the Selective Service system and to consider ways to encourage . . . Read More

October 28, 2016

CMR Policy Analysis Examines Consequences of New Transgender Policy

The Obama Administration has announced final plans to impose on the military the President’s most extreme social experiment yet: a policy regarding transgenders in the military that orders all personnel to deny scientific facts regarding human biology. 

Pentagon officials appear to have no idea what they are doing, and unrealistic guidelines for implementation will be of little help to local commanders trying to make sense out of nonsense.  . . . Read More

September 30, 2016

At the September 28 CNN Townhall meeting with President Barack Obama and a military group at Fort Lee, VA, Marine Capt. Lauren Serrano courageously asked a respectful but challenging question about women in direct ground combat  Capt. Serrano’s question was accurate and appropriately asked of the Commander-in-Chief.  President Obama did not explain why he ignored the best professional advice of the Marine Corps on the issue of women in the infantry.

See CNN Transcript and Video Clip here:  Obama/Serrano Question - Sept. 28, 2016

Following three years of intense research, including field tests designed to prove the hypothesis that women could perform as well as men performing tasks that are common in land combat, then-Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford exercised his option to formally request that infantry and Special Operations Forces remain all-male.  . . . Read More