PENTAGON WATCH – Services Allowing ‘Personal Pronouns,’ Is Lawfully Challenging Election Results Undemocratic? Is refusing COVID Vax ‘Insurrection’? WWII Letter Finally Delivered, Navy Fires 5 Commanders in 4 Weeks

Marines from Atsugi Marine Corp Air Station, Japan exit a MC-130 at Yamagata, Japan Mar. 19, 2011. The Marines were transported by the17th Special Operations Squadron to Yamagata, Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi. / U.S. Air Force photo by/ Master Sgt. Jeromy K. Cross/released via Flickr

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Today’s PENTAGON WATCH includes a variety of critical issues at the Pentagon and ‘Inside the Beltway’ in Washington, DC.

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Woke Watch

THEATER OF THE ABSURD – Where each military branch stands on pronoun use in signature blocks. In late December, the Air Force put out a memorandum stating that airmen and guardians will now be allowed to include pronouns in their email signature blocks.

Air Force accused of pushing woman through elite commando training after she quit, spurring investigation. The claims are incorrect or missing important context, said Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, the head of Air Force Special Operations Command. But he has called for the service’s inspector general to investigate.

Extremism Witch Hunt

Army officer relieved of command, facing discharge over racist social media posts. A lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve was relieved of command in 2020 and is now facing removal from the force after he peddled racist opinions to his troops and peppered his social media accounts with a consistent flow of outlandish posts attacking public officials that his own lawyer described as racist, inflammatory and in poor taste.

Loss of Confidence

Navy fires 5 officers in less than a month. Five officers have been fired since Dec. 10. In a typical year, the Navy fires about 40 leaders; so, to have five officers relieved in four weeks is a “pretty dramatic increase from the normal,” said retired Navy Cmdr. Bryan Clark, a former submariner who is now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington, D.C.

Defense Industry

IS LAWFULLY CHALLENGING ELECTION RESULTS UNDEMOCRATIC? Defense giants should stop funding election deniers. If it turns out that antidemocratic action is not a red line for the defense industry, we need to start asking more serious questions.

Vaccine Mandates

Fight over vaccine mandate for National Guard rages. The Pentagon won its first battle over its vaccine mandate for the National Guard but a broader fight over the mandate is raging as multiple states seek to exert their authority.

HIGHLY POLITICIZED – Insurrection has led to dereliction of duty. When senior uniformed officials decline to take immediate appropriate action to restore discipline in the military in response to mass insubordination, they are derelict in their duty to the institution, the nation and service members who obey vaccination orders, the authors contend.

Hawaii Water Contamination Crisis

Military housing tenants sue their Hawaii landlords over tainted water. Residents, who are seeking class-action suit status, want their rent reimbursed plus unspecified damages because fuel-contaminated water forced them out of their homes. Read More


BETTER LATE THAN NEVER? A Soldier Sent a Letter to His Mom in 1945. It Was Just Delivered. Angelina Gonsalves answered the doorbell to find her longtime letter carrier standing in front of her, with registered mail in his hand.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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