Fundamental — and Fatal — Transformation of the Military

Defense Secretary Ash Carter yesterday effectively declared that he’ll ignore a rigorous Marine Corps study that found women should not be admitted to all ground combat positions.

The conclusions to be drawn from that analysis undercut Team Obama’s transformational political agenda: Putting women in front-line infantry positions will inevitably make the armed forces less ready, less powerful and more preoccupied with distractions from their vital missions – like surging injuries, pregnancies, divorces and rapes.

This is a bad time to be doing all that to the only military we have.

Marine General and Joint Chiefs Chairman Joe Dunford, opposed this decision and was pointedly absent when it was announced. Sadly, he will now have to preside over the further unraveling of our armed forces under a Commander-in-Chief indifferent to them and their vital role in defending the rest of us.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.