EXCLUSIVE: A Navy advocacy group despatched a letter to Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin and Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro urging the leaders to fill main holes in U.S. Navy management and tackle different points dealing with the drive.
“Sadly, the Navy in recent years has struggled in the face of what can only be called a policy neglect that has spanned several administrations and is incompatible with a country that boasts the strongest fleet on Earth,” the Affiliation of the USA Navy mentioned in a letter obtained by Fox Information on Monday.
The AUSN represents Navy veterans and energetic obligation sailors.
The group famous that though the issues within the Navy have been “well-known,” the present administration has nonetheless not moved to fill “key positions in the Navy” which can be as an alternative “still being held by acting officials, not Senate-confirmed officials, which will further delay efforts to turn around this proud military institution.”
The letter famous that the roles of undersecretary of the Navy, assistant secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, and assistant secretary for Analysis, Improvement, and Acquisition are all being held by “acting officials,” not Senate-confirmed leaders.
“As worrisome as this problem is, we are even more troubled by the lack of any nominations for these positions,” the letter mentioned.
“We urge you to immediately prioritize the filling of these positions with nominees who are ready to make the case for a strong, well-organized Navy that is prepared to overcome the problems of the last few years and take on the large and growing number of missions we all know are critical to the defense of this nation,” the letter continued.
The group pointed to issues which have plagued the Navy just lately, together with the latest crash of a coaching jet in Texas and the deaths of 5 sailors in a helicopter crash that occurred off the coast of California.
The letter argued that the shortage of dedication to rising the Navy and gaps in coaching will make it more durable for the U.S. to “meet challenges world wide, together with a necessity to discourage China within the Indo-Pacific.”
“We at the Association of the United States Navy are prepared to meet with you as needed to discuss how to identify the best candidates for these positions and stand ready to support the nomination process,” the letter concluded.
The Navy couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.