By Duncan Smith

We reported yesterday on a newly released study showing how the U.S. Navy, likely to be the primary American military branch responsible for blunting any Chinese aggression, is suffering from a crisis in training and warfighting capability.

Why? Because the brass is more interested in “wokeness.” Sailors and officers are highly proficient in sexual assault training and how America was founded as “a racist nation,” but not so much when it comes to demonstrating surface warfare skills.

At the same time, maintenance on ships is lacking and our existing fleet is undertrained and over-taxed.

In short, a disaster is looming if these forces have to go up against a near-peer competitor like China. Or Russia.

Now, a U.S. Navy rear admiral is also stepping up to set off the alarm klaxon.

Newsmax has more:

The U.S. Navy is suffering from upper-level leaders who are focused more on teaching personnel how to get along with each other than they are in training them to fight wars, retired Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, one of the people who worked on a report on the branch’s readiness, said on Newsmax Wednesday. 

“If you compare us to our NATO allies, our Asian allies, they don’t have their officers and sailors spending hundreds of hours a year and classroom environments making sure that they know how to how to act around each other,” Montgomery told Newsmax’s “Wake Up America.” “We assume they assume a certain level of maturity.”

The report, which was conducted at the direction of Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., Jim Banks, R-Ind., and Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, revealed after a series of long-form interviews with active-duty and recently retired or detached officers and enlisted personnel that the Navy’s bureaucracy has shifted away from warfighting. 

“The real kicker in this is the idea that while we’re in the middle of operational deployment, our ships are doing training on all kinds of administrative kinds of issues instead of focusing on warfighting,” said Montgomery. “That is bad decision-making at the senior level.”

“The ships no longer had a number-one priority and focus, the kind of focus you need to have on fighting the Chinese Navy at sea,” said Montgomery.

“There’s a lot of complicating factors in this, but I would say part of the problem exists with Navy leadership,” Montgomery said. “Part of the problem exists with the Department of Defense leadership, then some rests with Congress and how we appropriate the funds.”

He went on to say that the interviews done for the eye-opening report were completed before the latest “wokeness” involving critical race theory instruction and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s ‘racist extremism’ stand-down.

Folks, a real shooting war is coming. That’s just the nature of humankind. Humans fight, unfortunately. We just do.

But we won’t win it with the world’s most expensive navy staffed by sailors who know how to be ‘sensitive’ to feelings and who are constantly deferring to their ‘racial privilege’ but can’t fight their way out of a wet paper sack.

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