by John D. Guandolo
On Tuesday August 10, 2021, the Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro sent a message to all U.S. Navy sailors telling them the “most pressing challenges” for the U.S. Navy are China, Culture, Climate and Covid.
Neither the Global Islamic Movement, the global communist Movement, nor systemic corruption in the U.S. government were mentioned.
While the full message can be read here, the following is a portion of Secretary Del Toro’s message (emphasis added):
“Our Navy and our nation face critical challenges on multiple fronts. Like Secretary Austin, I view our most pressing challenges as the four Cs – China, Culture, Climate, and Covid, and we need the resources and
capabilities to address each now.
China is determined to reduce our military superiority. We will not let this happen. We will deter China’s aggression, protect our national security, and preserve the peace. Our determination, our skill, and our courage will demonstrate our strength and conviction.
Culture comes down to one goal. Every Sailor and Marine of all races, genders, religions, and ethnicities must treat one another with dignity and respect. This is not just about doing the right thing. It is about ensuring our Navy and Marine Corps will be the most talented, most combat ready, most committed force possible.
Climate change exacerbates every challenge we face, from naval installations to frequent deployments. It is also a global struggle for resources that demands ingenuity and innovation. It demands solutions that mitigate climate damage while ensuring our operational success and competitive edge.
Lastly, we must combat Covid. This means we must continue to vaccinate our naval forces with expedience. If we are not vaccinated, we are neither deployable nor combat ready. Immediately, the Navy and Marine Corps will make every effort to vaccinate and care for our force and defeat the scourge Covid has inflicted on our troops. Both our nation’s security and your success as Sailors and Marines require your enthusiastic, unwavering commitment. We will succeed or fail together.”
At a time when America’s military leaders should be resigning for their collective unprofessional and criminally negligent conduct in their handling of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, the SECNAV puts covid and climate change as top priorities in America’s navy.
The ineptitude is staggering.
Go Navy! Beat Corruption!