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Rep. Thornberry Pushing to Share Military Readiness Details

Rep. Thornberry Pushing to Share Military Readiness Details
Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:24 PM

The GOP chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is in a "back-and-forth" with Defense Secretary James Mattis over how much should be made public about problems the military faces, Military.com reported.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, referenced a March 2 Pentagon memo that instructed military commands to lay off detailed descriptions of military needs, the outlet noted.

"There are two legitimate concerns," Thornberry told reporters, Military.com reported. "One concern that he is focused on is, you don't want to tell your adversaries your problems. The concern that I tend to focus on is how do we fix our problems. And there's a natural tension about how much you can say publicly."

The memo sent by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis passed along Mattis' warning to avoid "telegraphing readiness shortfalls" to adversaries, explaining doing so "invites miscalculation," the outlet reported.

A similar memo from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, sent March 1, warned service officials to avoid talking about operational capabilities in specifics, Military.com reported.

"You can't hide the fact that we had 17 sailors die, or how many Marines in the aircraft that exploded," Thornberry said, Military.com reported, referring to two ship collisions last summer and a July 10 copter crash crash that left 16 dead.

"And I think that those families need to know that we are going to fix those problems. . . . We'll kind of have this back-and-forth that will continue, but I'm on the side that we need to talk more about these issues."

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Defense Secretary James Mattis and GOP chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry are in a "back-and-forth" over how much detail of the U.S. military readiness should be made public, particularly as it alerts our enemies, Military.com reported.
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:24 PM
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