White House/Pentagon
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

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

February 16, 2016

Cruz Calls Idea “Nuts”

UPDATE #2: CMR Quadrennial Presidential Candidate Survey

The New Hampshire Presidential Primary revealed what may be the first signs of voter concern about political correctness and social experiments in the military.  Following conflicting comments about Selective Service from four Republican presidential candidates, some voters may be worried about their daughters and granddaughters being registered for a possible future draft. . . . Read More

December 4, 2015

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

December 1, 2015

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.’ “ 

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