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– President Donald Trump said he might intervene in the case of USS captain Theodore Roosevelt who was dismissed when lawmakers called for the overthrow of the Navy’s supreme leader.
– The Army has temporarily suspended the arrival of all new recruits for boot camp for trying to get ahead of Coronavirus.
– Trump finally nominates the Pentagon IG permanently after more than three years.
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TRUMP NOMINATES PENTAGON WATCHDOG: President Donald Trump officially nominated Jason Abend on Monday as Pentagon inspector general. Abend, whose nominations were announced last weekend, is a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Glenn Fine has acted as Pentagon inspector general since 2016. Fine was tapped last week by a fellow inspector general of the agency to lead a new committee to oversee the implementation of the $ 2 trillion economic aid package that was passed last month. Abend now faces Senate confirmation.
‘WHAT IS GOING ON’: “Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly apologized on Monday night for the scathing comments made to the crew of the aircraft carrier in which he criticized their former captain, who was fired after sounding an alarm about the corona virus outbreak on board,” our colleagues Connor O’Brien and Lara Seligman report.
“Modly’s apology came just hours after the supreme leader of the Navy said he supported” every word “in his speech to USS crew Theodore Roosevelt in which he called Captain Brett Crozier’s decision to widely distribute letters asking for ‘naive’ and ‘stupid’ help. ‘ “
And in a previous reversal, Trump, who previously also criticized Crozier, told reporters that “I will get involved and see what really happens there. Because I don’t want to destroy someone because of having a bad day.”
Loss of confidence: Prominent Democrats ask Defense Secretary Mark Esper to fire Modly, including Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chair of the Armed Services Service Committee.
“Modly’s decision to talk to the sailors at Roosevelt and attack personally [Capt. Brett] Crozier shows a deaf-tone approach that focuses more on the personal ego than one of the calm and steady leadership we really need in this crisis, “Smith said in a statement. “I no longer have confidence in the leadership of the Acting Secretary General of the Navy and believe he must be removed from his position.”
Roosevelt is now docked in Guam, where more than 150 seafarers have tested positive using Covid-19 and leaders are systematically quarantining personnel.
Listen: Duties & Objectives audio obtained Modly speech to ship.
Related: The Navy has postponed an internal review of Roosevelt’s affair, through USNI News.
And: So much for keeping the military out of politics, through Defense One.
ARMY HALTS RECRUITS NEW: The Army announced on Monday it would suspend at least two weeks the arrival of new candidates in training camps to help stem the spread of the corona virus, Army Times report.
“In concert with guidance from the Army Department, together with expert assessments of the COVID-19 threat, a decision has been made to stop sending trainees to basic combat training,” General. Paul Funk, commander of the Training and Doctrine Command, told reporters at the Pentagon.
The Army training base has reported about 100 cases of the virus so far but officials stressed that there was no specific outbreak that prompted the decision, which was described as prevention. “April and May are our lowest shipping months,” Funk said. “We are well positioned in the Army in terms of preparing conditions ready for the summer wave.”
The Pentagon reported a total of 1,435 Covid-19 cases among troops on Monday morning, including one death and 119 registered as recovering.
CONVENIENCE, MERCY TO TREAT VIRUS: “Naval hospital vessels operating in New York City and Los Angeles have patients on board who have tested positive for the corona virus, said Department of Defense officials [Monday]after report it appeared that several people infected with the virus had been transferred to one of the vessels by accident, Seligman also reported.
“We treat them the same way we treat all other patients who will come,” Surgeon Staff Surgeon. Gen. Paul Friedrichs told reporters, although he stressed that hospital ships were designed to treat trauma patients, not those who had infectious diseases.
The decision came after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked Trump to allow Comfort to treat Covid-19 patients, Shannon Young reports on POLITICO.
Related: Army researchers begin animal testing of the coronavirus vaccine, via Military.com.
And: The Air Force Commander estimates the lockup will last at least until May, through the Air Force Magazine.
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‘IT’S NOT INTUITION’: Marine Corps Commander General David Berger is doing a promotion for the newly released redesign plan in War on the Rocks, a a breeding ground for military debate and analysis.
“That is not intuition. That’s not a hunch, “Berger said in a new podcast with CEO Ryan Evans on the intellectual and strategic foundations of the controversial improvement plan. “… We think about those assumptions. The basics for us are that our budgets in the coming years will be flat or worse. … We make the assumption that our fellow competitors will continue to evolve and implement new technologies. And that China will continue to be a potential enemy that continues to grow. “
He said a series of secret war games over the past few years also played a major role in shaping the plan. “In the future if we use the same formation, the same method, the same ability to fight the growing threat, then it is a very difficult fight and it doesn’t go well,” Berger said. “A war game that I think is very important.”
Berger was also asked about his aggressive drive to integrate women into battle units and make the Marine Corps a more family-friendly institution, a vision that has drawn fire from several ex-Marines today and who is worried about blunting the edge of the Corps’ battlefield.
He explained that the aim was “more balanced, more diverse forces because our fundamental belief is that we will make better decisions, we will struggle and operate better if we have more diverse strengths. We didn’t do it to be politically correct but science proves that if you have a more diverse group of people, you will reach better decisions, you will operate better. And we are all about combat effectiveness. “
SMALL AND POSSIBLE: A number of Pentagon basic programs rely heavily on small businesses squeezed by the coronavirus crisis, according to a new analysis from Govini. For example, a data analysis company found that 44 percent of contracts for Black Hawk helicopters were awarded through the Small Business Research program. Meanwhile, more than a quarter of expenses for unmanned underwater vehicles are used for small businesses. “If the small business ecosystem experiences widespread failure due to COVID-19, the resulting impact will far exceed the short-term disruption,” said the analysis.
Sue Gordon, former deputy chief director of national intelligence, has joined the board of directors CACI International technology service company. Gordon, who resigned last summer after he was passed for the top spy position, also teaches at Duke University and works as a consultant.
Eric Chewning, who recently served as chief of staff for Esper, returned as a partner to the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he would serve aerospace and defense clients, News Defense Report.
– US slaps sanctions on Russian white supremists: The Associated Press
– Former diplomat, leaders call for easing sanctions against Iran: The Washington Post
– Trump’s advisors are pushing war bonds ’to help finance the coronavirus fight: Bloomberg
– White House seduces potential allies for space mining: Breaking Defense
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