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Wicker, Senate Armed Services Republicans demand details about costs, readiness effects of Biden Administration’s ‘woke’ military agenda

By: Anne Summerhays - November 8, 2021

Senators express concern that the Biden admin’s efforts to further its “political narrative” are “devastating” military morale and readiness.

Last week, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined 11 Republican committee members in a letter to General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressing “grave concern” that the Biden Administration’s efforts to further its “political narrative” are “devastating” military morale and readiness.

The senators requested that General Milley provide detailed information on the monetary and manpower costs of implementing the Biden administration’s progressive social agenda within the Department of Defense (DOD).

Senator Wicker and his colleagues wrote that at each Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, they acknowledge that the world is a more dangerous place than ever and reaffirm the committee’s steadfast support for the 2018 National Defense Strategy.

The senators state that efforts to recruit, train, and equip a ready and lethal force often appear to take a back seat to the Department of Defense’s (DOD) “Climate Adaptation Plan,” “Countering Extremism Working Group,” and discussions of critical race theory.

“Given our long history of professional collaboration, grounded in a shared commitment to sustaining the American way of life and caring for our troops, we write today to express our grave concerns about this administration’s imposition of political narratives on our military, at the expense of readiness and morale,” the senators wrote.

“Although the actual costs associated with each of these undertakings is certainly cause for concern, the opportunity cost they have and continue to visit on the force, its readiness, and morale appears nothing short of devastating—particularly in light of current threats,” the senators continued.

You can view the full text of the letter here.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.