A top Marine general allowed two internal memos to leak out of the Pentagon to bring attention to service families living among hurricane-ravaged military installations as the Trump administration attempts to fund the president’s long-promised border wall with defense funds at the expense of combat readiness, reports Newsweek.
General Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, let two internal Defense Department memorandums leak to The Los Angeles Times and NBC News in the past two weeks, two Pentagon sources told Newsweek.
The letters detail the fiscal challenges the service is facing as it struggles to support security operations at the southwest border while “unplanned/unbudgeted” line items plague the general’s fiscal agenda, a burden Neller asserts is an “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency,” reports the news outlet.
When asked by Newsweek why the Neller would leak the internal memos to the press, one Defense Department source expressed bluntly, “Because he didn’t want the Marines and families at Camp Lejeune [in North Carolina] to get f***ed.”
“The combat readiness of II Marine Expeditionary Force—1/3 the combat power of the Marine Corps—is degraded and will continue to degrade given current conditions,” the general wrote in a letter first obtained by the LA Times.
The report noted that Neller is in his final year as Marines commandant and will retire later in 2019.
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