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Posted on Feb 19, 2016 Print this Article

Issue 38: February 2016

Military/Social Issues Emerging in Presidential Race

In the 2016 Presidential Race, national defense and military/social issues are assuming greater importance.  This article by Rowan Scarborough of the Washington Times highlights the consequences of budget cuts in Special Operations Forces communities, which are being worsened by new burdens associated with administration-mandated social experiments:
Scarborough quoted CMR and passages from the RAND report for U.S. Special Operations Command that we have been researching in recent days.  The 265-page substandard document was authored by mostly-civilian "experts" who are clueless about what it takes to create and sustain these elite fighting teams. 
The RAND report recommended policies for Special Operations Forces, including Rangers, Delta Force and Navy SEALs, and discounted politically-incorrect opinions that special operators expressed in surveys and focus groups.  These participants were labeled "extreme responders" if they expressed opposition more than twice on the official eight-item survey. (p. 139)
Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times, who is following the presidential primary race in South Carolina, reported today that contrasts in the positions of presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Ted Cruz may be drawing the attention of defense-minded voters:
This article, posted on our website, provides Update #2 on the 2016 CMR Quadrennial Presidential Candidate Survey:

CMR does not endorse candidates, but we will continue to seek responses from Republicans who have not answered yet: Donald J. Trump, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and
Dr. Ben Carson.
Questions and concerns about military/social issues are important because a relentless combination of budget cuts and burdens of political correctness are eroding the strength of the All-Volunteer Force.

We are headed for what could become a Jenga Block Military. If the Obama Administration continues to remove resources from the Jenga block tower's base, while loading burdens of social engineering on the top, the structure will become increasingly unstable and eventually fall.
Our military is the best in the world, but its strength and integrity cannot be taken for granted.  It will be the responsibility of the next Commander-in-Chief to maintain and strengthen our military by restoring necessary resources and removing heavy burdens caused by social experiments.
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The Center for Military Readiness is an independent public policy organization that specializes in military/social issues.  Additional information on these topics and more are posted on the website,
Posted on Feb 19, 2016 Print this Article