Top Biden Pentagon Official: Pushing ‘Nonbinary Identities’ for Service Members Is Essential for ‘National Security’

A senior official in Democrat President Joe Biden’s Department of Defence (DOD) has declared that focusing on policies to promote “nonbinary identities” of service members is essential for “national security.”

The comment was made by Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, the Pentagon’s second-highest-ranking official.

Hicks outlined a commitment to policies focused on “nonbinary service members” and mandating Marxism-based critical race theory (CRT) training.

She claims promoting those far-left ideologies is key to national security.

Hicks discussed the need to create a cultural change in the military at multiple Pride events, including most recently on June 5.

Earlier this month, during a DoD Pride event for the Association of LGBTQI+ Service Members in June, Hicks discussed the department’s radical agenda.

Hicks touted the Pentagon’s LGBTQ priorities vis-à-vis military “readiness,” a term that refers to the ability to deter potential adversaries, defend national interests, and ensure that armed forces can meet their missions.

“We’ve heard concerns about … policies focused on the needs of nonbinary service members,” she said.

“Please know our commitment is resolute, just as it has been over the past three-and-a-half years, to continue our progress in full alignment with our focus on readiness and our focus on the well-being of our people, on which our readiness depends.”

The Pentagon said in a statement that policies for “nonbinary” service members didn’t exist at the Pentagon.

“Deputy Secretary Hicks spoke about the need for Americans to choose public service in order to sustain our all-volunteer force, and the need to ensure health, safety, and trust within our military as a matter of readiness,” a spokesperson for Hicks said.

“That would include listening to servicemember input on a wide variety of policies – not just the ones she highlighted on this occasion.”

Hicks proceeded to outline how the Biden administration was addressing the “erosion of trust” in government institutions and proposed to handle recruiting challenges by further entrenching DEI.

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“This should alarm every freedom-loving American,” said Nicole Kiprilov at the Center for Military Excellence.

Kiprilov went on to call Hicks’ remarks “simply self-loathing, anti-Americanism masquerading as ‘DEI.'”

“No wonder why we have a 25% recruitment deficit in our military,” she said.

According to a second video, Hicks said in 2022 that it was essential for “warfighting success” to have training throughout the military regarding “unconscious bias,” a key term found in critical race theory (CRT).

Critical race theory is based on Marxist ideology that suggests oppression is a battle between the classes.

Marxism teaches that lower classes can only be free by toppling the oppressor – the ruling class.

CRT twists this theory into a battle between the races, teaching that minorities can only be free by toppling their alleged oppressor – white people.

The far-left ideology holds implicit biases are one of the mechanisms through which systemic racism in America is actively fueled.

“Recruiting, developing, and retaining a highly skilled military and civilian workforce of diverse talent is essential to our warfighting success,” Hicks said in her official remarks at a DoD Pride event in June 2022.

One of the policies related to the mission was, “Developing diversity and inclusion training requirements and course curriculum, including training to detect and respond to unconscious bias.”

She added this agenda was a top priority for Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin, the Secretary of Defense.

“While we should all be proud of these real, concrete steps forward, we know there is more work to be done,” she said.

“And make no mistake, doing so is a priority for Secretary [Lloyd] Austin.”

She claimed that a climate supporting “dialogue” on far-left DEI was key to national defense.

“Secretary Austin and I are committed to holding leaders at all levels responsible for fostering climates of inclusion that support dialog, including for LGBTQ+ community,” she said.

“This is a core readiness issue.”

“We will continue to advance policies and programs to develop and nurture a leadership pipeline of diverse talent…

“We know that organizational climates… affect our warrior readiness.

“Therefore, we are directing initiatives to improve leaders’ skill development and foster more effective, inclusive team environments.

“We know that we must be agile, yet be deliberate in our approach.

“We must thoughtfully and fully consider how our actions today will contribute to a better tomorrow.”

While proponents of DEI, such as Hicks, argue that it strengthens the military, right-wing critics on Capitol Hill take aim at the zeal with which the Biden administration has pursued the agenda, in their view, at the expense of more pressing issues relating to national security.

“We’ve got to get this country, and certainly our military, back to being a true meritocracy,” Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO) told Fox News on Thursday.

“Our military has been the ultimate meritocracy where people can achieve great things no matter what their background is and be heroes and be celebrated by the country — and instead, you’ve seen this woke effort with DEI in the military, and it is contrary to our American values.”

In another example, the DOD was lambasted by Republicans after it said in February 2023:

“Diversity is a strategic imperative critical to mission readiness and accomplishment.”

“Embracing woke culture rhetoric only makes our military appear unserious to our adversaries, especially China,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said about the remarks.

“The Biden Administration has made implementing woke [DEI] initiatives a more important mission than protecting Americans,” Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) added.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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