A former lieutenant general and rear admiral from the Marine Corps have revealed their report to senators, representatives of four states in Congress. The report is a collaborative effort that was prepared under the direction of Senator Cotton, representing Arkansas; Representatives Banks (Indiana), Crenshaw (Texas); Gallagher (Wisconsin).

The report, commissioned by congressional members of the United States Navy, found that American sailors have been let down with their priorities pushed aside. The Naval Warfighting study reports show a lack of funding and staffing, leaving our military unprepared for any potential conflict we may face overseas.

The U.S navy is failing to meet its promise due to budget cuts and diversifying its workforce

The Navy’s surface warfare forces are in a state of utter disarray. In the course of congressional oversight, findings that were previously thought not to exist revealed themselves and are now being taken into consideration with urgency by those who oversee naval command. The report finds an intense focus on diversity eclipsing basic readiness skills and systemic training issues for both commanders and sailors alike.

When the U.S Navy was in need of restructuring after a series of high-profile and damaging operational failures, they turned to interviews with 77 active duty officers or enlisted personnel for insight into their culture. The information gleaned from these interviews helped them change how sailors are evaluated on performance reviews which can later lead to promotions as well as other changes such as better training methods for junior staff members that previous administrations have too long ignored

94% of the subjects in a recent study believed that there is an internal problem with the Naval forces. The Navy’s leadership is doing a great job of upholding diversity, but they need to spend more time on developing warfighting skills. The worry is that combat lethality will be treated in a box-checking manner, leaving it indistinguishable from non-combat-related exercises.

Recently, the Navy has been under attack by journalists. Many high-ranking officers have become increasingly fearful of negative media coverage and quick to punish those who fall prey to these fears with swift retribution.

No single president, member of Congress, or high-ranking naval leader was found to be solely responsible for the surface Navy’s drift. The report underscored how difficult it is to make decisions about such a complex issue with many variables: It takes time; there are special interests influencing each decision that must be considered before making them and undoing mistakes made in previous days.  No one person can take full responsibility for this situation because no matter who you talk to—the President, your congressman from New York (or California), admirals at sea onboard ships stationed around the world—everybody has had their hand in shaping what our Naval fleet looks like today.