Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Refuses to Buckle to Threats from Congress to Trim the "Fat" from the Senior Ranks

Military.com reports, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford pushed back Friday at critics who think there are too many people like him -- generals and admirals -- taking up space in a downsizing military.

"No, right now it is not my sense that we have too many general officers," Dunford said in a wide-ranging interview with Breaking Defense.

Proposals in Congress to cut the number of general and flag officers are part of what's holding up passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.

The White House recently cited a plan by Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to cut the number of generals and admirals by 25 percent as one reason for a threatened veto.

Dunford appeared open to working out a compromise with McCain and others on the size of the general officer corps in coming years, while maintaining that the current number of generals and admirals was not excessive.

"We're still working with both the Senate Armed Services and House Armed Services Committees to come up with a proposal that meets their requirements for reform, right-sizes the force to include our general officer population, and at the same time allows us to maintain military effectiveness," Dunford said in the interview.

"So we're going to go back and look at this issue, and work with Senator McCain and others to make sure we get it right," Dunford said of the dispute over how many generals and admirals the military actually needs, which dates back to World War II.

For that war, there were about 2,000 generals and admirals overseeing 12.2 million military personnel by 1945, according to the National World War II Museum. Now there are more than 900 generals and admirals for an active-duty force of about 1.3 million.

As of June this year, there were 418 one stars, 315 two stars, 136 three stars, and 37 four-star active generals and admirals -- or a total of 906, according to Pentagon personnel statistics.

In May, the Senate Armed Services Committee charged that the military was becoming top heavy with high-ranking officers and proposed cutting 222 of the 886 generals and admirals, or about 25 percent.

The committee recommended that the number of four-star billets be reduced from the authorized 41 to 27. Under the proposal, four-star officers would be limited to the chairman, vice chairman and other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including the head of the National Guard Bureau.

Four-star rank under the committee's proposal would also go to combatant commanders; the commander of U.S. Forces-Korea; one additional billet the president could nominate as a four-star joint command (such as the current mission in Afghanistan); and three four-star billets each for the Army, Navy and Air Force, to be filled as they choose.

"Over the past 30 years, the end-strength of the joint force has decreased 38 percent, but the ratio of four-star officers to the overall force has increased by 65 percent," the committee said.

"Especially at a time of constrained defense budgets, the military services must right-size their officer corps and shift as many personnel as possible from staff functions to operational and other vital roles."

Defense secretaries in both Republican and Democratic administrations periodically call for reducing the ranks of the general officer corps, but their efforts have had minimal impact.

Full article:  http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/08/13/joint-chiefs-chairman-resists-calls-to-cut-number-of-top-brass.html

Food for thought:
The quickest and best way to trim the Pentagon’s “Fat Cats” is to hold them accountable for their numerous crimes involving war profiteering and Civil and Human Right Abuse.  There are thousands of military veterans who have filed medical compensation claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs, providing irrefutable evidence of negligence on behalf of the Pentagon’s top brass, ignoring federal laws governing Civil Rights protection, as amended. As it relates to equal employment opportunity, providing a "hassle free" workplace, whistleblower protection and most importantly, fair and equal justice.  

The military's systematic rape and sexual assault epidemic is proof that the top brass clearly doesn't have a handle on this issue, which will never die until Congress establishes a separate agency to police those that are tasked to police the world.

As far as war profiteering…

In my memoir, “Broken Silence, a Military Whistleblower’s Fight for Justice,” I highlight how revolving door practices, defense contract bid rigging, sole sourcing and other forms of corruption have trickled down to the captain and commander ranks.  

When I refused to go along with the Big Boys’ corruption schemes as a former budget officer, I became a targeted whistleblower and was punished for stepping off the reservation.  Their punishment became cruel and excessive after my former bosses became aware that I’d contacted the Department of Justice Anti-Trust division, reporting evidence of corruption that was ignored by senior Navy and DoD IG investigators, yet my Qui Tam case remains a mute issue, presumably because of the Pentagon’s far reach!!

I recently learned from a fellow whistleblower that the Navy’s 7th Fleet Commander and his ‘Band of Morally Corrupted Brothers,’ plotted to take down Singapore’s “Fat Cat”, Leonard Glenn Francis, to assume operations as civilian defense contractors, so they can monopolize the logistics support to that region  in the same manner.  They’ve already convinced Congress to relocate a large number of Navy assets to the Pacific Coast and approved additional shipbuilding contracts.  Wow is all I can say!!  I guess they learned from the best… Congress!!


Anonymous said...

It is unfortunate that Congress continues to allow bullies and predators to serve amongst our top military elite, while ignoring the health and safety concerns of those they are put in charge to command. Where is the duty and honor in condoning sexual violence under your leadership?

Syneeda said...


It's not that the leaders condone sexual violence they believe in practicing cognitive dissonance, it allows them to accomplish the mission while dealing with the weight of Congress and their inconsistency to pass effective laws, governing the safety and Civil and Human Rights protection of our service members during times of war.

When you serve alongside them, you carry out orders without challenging them. But that was a hard lesson I for me. As a principled Sage, I challenge everything. But through my observation as a senior budget officer, I noticed several patterns when I served on the N4 staff of a number of Navy headquarters' commands.

Of course we are aware that our "Good old Boys" like to play with "Big toys" while "keeping our country safe" and making profit at the same time. Yet I was really surprised at the military style weapon that was recently used during the Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. That had military written all over it. Similar to ISIS, which of course is home grown.

These boys have too many irons in the fire to buckle by the threats of Congress, they are following higher orders, they always have.

Keep in mind, they are also military businessmen who like to "cash in" on the profits of war!!

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Syneeda said...

Cal, Thank you for your support but my burner is almost out. I'm not giving Navy officials anymore of my energy because I've seen how thousands of other Veterans, across all branches of our Armed Forces have been mistreated by the Pentagon, as well as Congress, who continues to stall the passage of key bills that will ultimately protect veterans from Civil and Human Rights violations while serving in our Armed Forces.

During my advocacy work with Veterans, I’ve learned that we share similar experiences, as well as similar "medical issues," which is why I've been asked to join a class action suit.

I'm not sure if I want to pursue my fight for justice that way, jumping onboard someone else’s “gravy train.” I went through enough bullying while last serving on active duty and I refuse to join the “victim-bully club,” especially if a law can be passed to protect the civil and human rights of the next generation, especially our young women.