Under the Obama administration, the US armed forces were starved of funds and resources, and a determined effort appears to have been made to get rid of as many combat veterans as possible. The results have been plain to see for the past few years. The standards of the Army, Navy and Air Force appear to have declined dramatically.
President Trump appointed retired General Mattis, USMC, as Secretary of Defense to turn things round. The latest Strategic Readiness Review from the US Navy appears to demonstrate he's doing just that. CDR Salamander, prolific Navy blogger, has a good article examining the Review. Here's an excerpt.
It is time to digest the Navy's Strategic Readiness Review that came out late last week.
BLUF ... and I will repeat myself a few times from here ... this is an exceptional document. Well written, substantive, educational, blunt, and something we can build a great future on - if we have the institutional courage to do so.
Once you get past the Executive Summary, you get to a rather informative but peculiar body of work. It is structured in a way to inform people who may not really know what goes on in the Navy but have the ear of decision makers. I think this is smart. The people who control real power in DC do not wear a uniform.
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We lost 17 Sailors, and two front line warships are out of the game so we could get this review. I hope everyone will get their copy and digest it. It is almost everything we wanted.
I am not exaggerating. This document is exactly what I hoped for.
I’m going to try to keep this as simple and straight forward as possible; this document represents and institutional repudiation of the last 30-years of Navy leadership. Full stop.
There's more at the link, including a link to the full document. It's long, but well worth your time if you're a military or naval veteran, or interested in the subject.