WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, last week 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 letter was authored by Ranking Member Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.
The senators requested detailed information on the monetary and manpower costs of implementing the Biden Administration’s progressive social agenda within the Department of Defense (DOD), including efforts surrounding climate change, extremism, and critical race theory.
“…The world is a more dangerous place than ever in our lifetime...Yet today, efforts to recruit, train, and equip a ready and lethal force often appear to take a back seat to the Department of Defense’s ‘Climate Adaptation Plan,’ ‘Countering Extremism Working Group,’ and discussions of critical race theory,” 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.
Senators who joined Inhofe and Wicker on the letter included: Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., Sen. Tom Cotton R-Ark., Sen. Mike Rounds R-S.D., Sen. Joni Ernst R-Iowa, Sen. Thom Tillis R-N.C., Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.
Find the full text of the letter here.