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In my January 2013 article Catholic Schools in Iowa working with Dept. of Homeland Security, I included four comprehensive sections which document the numerous problems with the so-called Department of Homeland Security. These facts should shed a new light on yesterday's fraudulent .GOV press conference.
Morals must be taught and emphasized by the U.S. government to combat the problem of rape in the service, a spokesman claimed Wednesday.
A U.S. Department of Defense Press Conference yesterday netted many questions and few answers about the problem of sexual assault in the military. Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby took questions in the Pentagon Briefing Room February 5th.
Kirby began by noting that under U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel's leadership, "the department has dealt aggressively with the problem of sexual assault in the ranks, even though it remains a vexing challenge... Secretary Hagel also believes there must be more urgency behind these efforts and that the military leaders and DOD leaders must take a step back and put renewed emphasis on developing moral character and moral courage in our force."
"He's asking leaders of each military service many of the same tough questions that you are asking and that the American people are asking," Kirby continued. "One of the things he simply believes is -- and he started it today -- is that it's just got to be a constant focus."
Kirby noted "none of this is to impugn the brave and the honorable service of the 2.5 million people that serve in military -- in the military here in the country."
Hagel "definitely sees (sexual assault) as a growing problem. And he's concerned about the depth of it. I don't think he could stand here and tell you that we -- that he has -- that anybody has the full -- the full grasp here. And that's what worries the secretary, is that maybe he -- maybe we don't, maybe he doesn't have the full grasp of the depth of the issue," according to the spokesman.
A female reporter asked why no one gets fired for these various sex scandals, a contention which Kirby challenged and said "Well, I don't have the list right here, but, I mean, I can -- I can actually -- we can -- we can walk you through that. And I can -- and I'll take that for the record and we'll do that."
Another reporter brought up the notion that troops "getting stretched so much in Iraq and Afghanistan" as a factor in the sexual assault problem, to which Kirby replied that Hagel "believes that that is a factor that should be looked at."
Kirby also added an interesting claim, that this military force "is transitioning from a war footing to more of a peacetime footing."
When asked by one reporter what the phrase "Moral courage" means in the U.S. military, Kirby replied "That's doing the right thing when nobody's looking. That's treating people the right way even when they can't do anything for you. It's about the basic ideas of strapping on this uniform every day. And it's what, frankly, keeps a lot of us in."
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Department of Defense Press Briefing With Rear Admiral Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room
Having spent this past year leading this department, Secretary Hagel knows the overwhelming majority of our service members are brave, upright and honest people. Under his leadership, the department has dealt aggressively with the problem of sexual assault in the ranks, even though it remains a vexing challenge.
He has strongly supported General Dempsey's efforts to place a renewed emphasis on character development, particularly amongst our officer corps.
But Secretary Hagel also believes there must be more urgency behind these efforts and that the military leaders and DOD leaders must take a step back and put renewed emphasis on developing moral character and moral courage in our force.
This will be a primary for the secretary going forward and I expect you'll be hearing more about it from him in the coming days and weeks.
...Second, I can announce today that retired Air Force General Larry Welch and retired Admiral John Harvey have agreed to lead an independent review of our nuclear enterprise ...Now, he announces these positions mindful of new allegations that have surfaced in recent days concerning the ethical behavior of servicemembers in and out of the nuclear force. This issue has his full attention. And it's fair to say that he's deeply troubled by it. He's concerned about the health of the force and the health of the strong culture of accountability and responsibility that Americans have come to expect from their military.
He's asking leaders of each military service many of the same tough questions that you are asking and that the American people are asking.
... One of the things he simply believes is -- and he started it today -- is that it's just got to be a constant focus. It has to be something that he and the service secretaries and the service chiefs are talking about, thinking about, acting on every single day. And I mean, he's definitely concerned about the direction here. I would also add -- and I mentioned this in the opening, but it's worth repeating. I mean that -- there's a -- none of this is to impugn the brave and the honorable service of the 2.5 million people that serve in military -- in the military here in the country. I mean, he's mindful that the vast majority serve very honorably every day. But it doesn't take more than a few to stain the honor and the integrity of the entire force. And I think that's what we're starting to see now. And I think it's fair to say, as I said at the outset, that he's deeply concerned about that and wants to look for both philosophical and practical solutions to this.
Q: Just to clarify, I mean, do you think these are isolated problems that are staining the reputation of everybody else? Or is this -- or are we, the (INAUDIBLE) of this is, he's concerned about the direction here.
REAR ADM. KIRBY: Yes.
Q: Do you see this as a growing problem that's getting worse?
REAR ADM. KIRBY: I think he definitely sees this as a growing problem. And he's concerned about the depth of it. I don't think he could stand here and tell you that we -- that he has -- that anybody has the full -- the full grasp here. And that's what worries the secretary, is that maybe he -- maybe we don't, maybe he doesn't have the full grasp of the depth of the issue. And he wants to better understand it and to the degree that there are systemic issues, just like we talked about with a nuclear force, now we're getting broader than just the nuclear force. But to the degree there are systemic issues, he wants to attack them.
Q: But the one thing you haven't mentioned, Admiral Kirby, is the notion that anybody might get fired for misconduct, unethical behavior, anything like that. What I want to ask you is, I mean, even the secretary has seen it, the cases of especially general officers abusing alcohol, individual officers having multiple instances of adultery, lying on their expenses, inappropriate e-mails, but nobody seems to get fired for any of this. Why is -- why does that not seem to be an option these days?
REAR ADM. KIRBY: I would challenge you on the -- on the notion that nobody's getting fired over this. I think the services... (CROSSTALK)
REAR ADM. KIRBY: Well, I don't have the list right here, but, I mean, I can -- I can actually -- we can -- we can walk you through that. And I can -- and I'll take that for the record and we'll do that.
Q: If I could just add very quickly, you said something. You said the secretary is worried he does not have the full grasp of this problem. That's a pretty compelling statement that a secretary of defense is worried about this. Does he have some indication that you say is systemic that -- that there is some across-the-board ethical problem here? Does he believe these are instances that have simply popped up and you've got to deal with them as they come to you? What is he worried that he doesn't have the grasp of?
REAR ADM. KIRBY: Well, I think this gets to my answer to Phil, it's that he doesn't know, that as a department, we don't fully know right now what we're grappling with here and how deep and serious it is. He wants -- and he wants -- he wants them to come back to him on a regular basis. That's why I said it's going to be a topic every week now, on their routine weekly meetings.
Q: Sorry, just to follow up. To that point -- because one of the questions he would like looked at, the effect of so many years of war on the force. You know, your former boss, Chairman Mullen, used to talk about the danger of breaking the force, that it was getting stretched so much in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is that a factor in his mind? Is that being looked at?
REAR ADM. KIRBY: He believes that that is a factor that should be looked at.
..... history this force that is transitioning from a war footing to more of a peacetime footing, a force that's going to be experiencing declining budgets, a force that is still very much in demand all over the world, and more so in some areas than it used to be, and a force that's creating veterans every single day, and veterans who have real significant needs, you know, jobs, education, homes. Some of them have wounds you can see; some of them have wounds you can't see. And they're wounds -- they're going to be living with them for the rest of their lives and their families.
Q: Yes. You have used the phrase here a couple of times. I want to make sure I understand it. You've spoken about moral courage.
REAR ADM. KIRBY: Yes.
Q: In the United States military, what is that?
REAR ADM. KIRBY: That's doing the right thing when nobody's looking. That's treating people the right way even when they can't do anything for you. It's about the basic ideas of strapping on this uniform every day. And it's what, frankly, keeps a lot of us in. And I want to stress, again, this is not -- none of this effort and none of this concern is to impugn, you know, so many, many good people that are serving in uniform. Look, my grandfather was in the Navy. My dad was in the Navy. My son is now in the Navy. My son is a Navy nuclear sailor down there in Charleston. He's none too happy about what he heard yesterday, as well. I mean, most people in uniform are bothered by this just like the secretary. So that's -- that's a long answer to your question, but that's basically what we believe moral courage to be.
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