Biden’s Navy Secretary: The Existential Threat Is Climate Change

This administration is lost at sea.

FRANCIS P. SEMPA writes in The American Spectator:

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro just released “Climate Action 2030,” a 32-page report which identifies climate change as an “existential threat” to the U.S. Navy and the nation. In the report’s Foreword, Del Toro writes that climate is “the focal point” for his tenure as Navy Secretary, and notes that both President Biden and Defense Secretary Austin share that view. The Navy Department, Del Toro writes, will be an “environmental leader” that takes “bold climate action.” We have come a long way since Alfred Thayer Mahan, the great sea power strategist and historian, with the full support of Navy Secretary Benjamin Tracy, steered our naval leaders to focus on sea command, strategic chokepoints, and sea lines of communication in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And we have come a long way since Navy Secretaries like James Forrestal contributed to the geopolitical strategy of containment in the late 1940s, and John Lehman and Jim Webb promoted a 600-ship navy and maritime strategy for winning the Cold War.

The Navy Department report establishes two performance goals: to “build climate resilience” and “reduce climate threat.” Del Toro’s stated goal is to have the Navy Department “reduce its greenhouse gas emissions,” “stabilize ecosystems,” and “achieve … net-zero emissions by 2050.” Compare that to the goal of our nation’s most threatening naval adversary — China’s PLA Navy — which is to become the world’s leading naval power by 2049.

The Navy Department report is filled with color photographs of hurricanes, floods, electric vehicles, military families participating in an “oyster castle installation,” naval installations with solar panels, naval officers helping with disaster relief efforts, employees at a naval base planting salt marsh plants, electric-powered amphibious assault ships, and naval officers helping to install “mosquito surveillance and control equipment.” There are no photos of naval warfare, no references to Mahan, no discussion of the challenge posed by the PLA Navy.

Check out the full article here.

HT/Climate Depot

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Tom Halla
June 1, 2022 6:05 pm

He forgot about transgender rights! The Alphabet People will be up in arms!

Reply to  Tom Halla
June 1, 2022 8:17 pm

Oh, the marines put out that helmet with the rainbow rounds in the the brim. That probably makes up for it.

Reply to  Tom Halla
June 1, 2022 9:35 pm

Does this mean that defence personnel will be required to paint their finger nails to match a rainbow?

Reply to  Tom Halla
June 1, 2022 11:27 pm

Told you last time it’s alphanumeric people you can’t leave out the plus it is after all LGBTQI+

Reply to  LdB
June 2, 2022 6:36 am

I like LGBTQWERTY myself.

Reply to  Felix
June 2, 2022 9:27 am

LGBTQWTF! is more appropriate.

Reply to  Felix
June 3, 2022 12:34 am

LGUHDTV – ie the TV people is a good one too

Richard Page
Reply to  LdB
June 2, 2022 9:12 am

We always used to refer to the US intelligence/security agencies collectively as ‘alphabet soup’ – it was far easier to remember! Presumably these are the opposite alphabet soup so should be referred to as ‘anti-intelligence’ groups!

high treason
June 1, 2022 6:10 pm

How long before people get sick of a steady diet of bovine excrement? Only dung beetles should be swallowing every scrap of BS they are served.
You have to question why a navy secretary is in the wokerati scene. Military hardware goes through a lot of fuel and the old days of wind and oar powered navies is well and truly defunct.
Thus, it is up to all those that value their Liberty (navies help maintain that Liberty) to question this lunacy. If you don’t mind throwing away hard won Liberty and becoming a slave that owns nothing, go on – be a fool, but don’t expect others to wallow in your own stupidity.

Giordano Milton
Reply to  high treason
June 1, 2022 9:27 pm

It’s the same approach—repeating lies until everyone believes them—that says men can have babies and there is no such thing as objective truth. The question is always: how long will it take and how much damage will be done before the truth comes through—as it always does.

Curious George
June 1, 2022 6:12 pm

We are doomed.

Reply to  Curious George
June 2, 2022 9:21 am

and Putin in emboldened.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
June 2, 2022 9:33 am

As well as Xi, Kim and the mulahs in Iran.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  MarkW
June 2, 2022 12:23 pm

Yes, the Chicoms can’t believe their good luck. Their enemy is self-destructing right in front of their eyes.

Let’s just hope the American people see the destructive nature of radical Democrat leadership for what it is. If they don’t see it now, with this Biden disaster ongoing, they never will see it.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Curious George
June 2, 2022 12:20 pm

We are doomed if radical Democrats are in control.

June 1, 2022 6:27 pm

Lord have mercy.
When the military is “woke” we’re not far from the abyss.
Never thought I would see the day I’d be reading stuff like this from military leaders.

Pete Bonk
Reply to  Dave
June 1, 2022 6:41 pm

They may be in charge, but they are certainly not leaders, properly addressing the mission.

Reply to  Pete Bonk
June 1, 2022 6:54 pm

Well, if they don’t see an actual threat, maybe we cut funding to Navy.
Or that kind of leadership is going to be useless, regardless of the funding levels.

Richard Page
Reply to  gbaikie
June 2, 2022 5:16 am

Connecticut, Bonhomme Richard, Gerald R Ford, Zumwalt; the list goes on. Instead of fixing the (somewhat extensive) problems in the US Navy, they’re focussing on non-existent problems – at least they can deal with those, I suppose. The US Navy has become, at best, an expensive liability and, at worst a floating, quite sinkable, target. Get the priorities in order and fix the damage that’s been done.

Reply to  Richard Page
June 2, 2022 7:29 am

Not sure who downvoted, but this comment rings true to this retired intelligence analyst. Leaders not focused on mission is one of the first indicators of a failing military.

Though why sink it when you can just send them through the shipping lanes where they will play bumper cars with merchant vessels!

Reply to  Pete Bonk
June 2, 2022 9:34 am

The problem is that they may not be in charge, but they are the ones who decide who gets a promotion. Unless you are sufficiently woke, you can kiss your career good bye.

Reply to  Pete Bonk
June 2, 2022 2:34 pm

If the woke admirals, generals, etc, make sure their phone is working, that alone will save a lot of lives when China decides to take over. Instead of sending their military, China can just phone.

Dennis G. Sandberg
Reply to  Dave
June 5, 2022 10:49 pm

Go along to get along, never take an eye off lucrative early retirement. Say anything, do anything.

Rich T.
June 1, 2022 6:37 pm

Love the pic of the “Moskva” The current navy administration is sitting on the bottom right next to the sunken ship if they think CC is a threat. Only in their little minds. But then this bunch the only word they know is “surrender to wokeism”

Reply to  Rich T.
June 1, 2022 7:32 pm

Actually, my old buddy Vlad Putin has done us a great favor.

He has made it crystal clear why we need our armed forces. To our credit, the western world is responding more-or-less appropriately.

As for the Chinese having the world’s greatest navy any time soon …

The Chinese are in a serious economic pickle that isn’t going to fix itself in the near future. No great navy for them for a while.

China’s population is projected to decrease by half by 2100. link Nigeria will be larger. India will be the largest.

So, who will be our biggest problem at the end of this century? Darned if I know. All I can say is that it would be real prudent for us to maintain an effective military because there will always be someone out there willing to take our freedom if we let them.

Thanks for the reminder Vlad. Condolences for the battle ship and the bridge and stuff. BTW buddy, what do you think of all those Turkish naval vessels that have just entered the Black Sea?

Reply to  commieBob
June 1, 2022 8:32 pm

commieBob: “[…] because there will always be someone out there willing to take our freedom if we let them.”

Out there?!? They are already in the Whitehouse, the Legislature, and 1/2 the Judiciary trying to do just that.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  H.R.
June 2, 2022 12:32 pm

Yes, our Domestic enemies are more dangerous to our personal freedoms than are the Chicoms.

Our radical Democrat Domestic Enemies are using the power of the federal government and the power of the Leftwing Media to try to creat a false reality that will allow them to take our freedoms away. The public is lied to on every front by the radical Democrats and their mouthpiece, the Leftwing Media. They use this power to try to obliterate their political opponents as we have all seen over the last few years with their attacks on Trump and on the Right in general.

The radical Democrats will take your freedom away if you give them a chance. Don’t do it..

Richard Page
Reply to  commieBob
June 2, 2022 5:24 am

I think you underestimate Chinese willpower – with most of their population at the level of medieval peasant they have launched satellites, manned space stations and landed a probe on the moon. They certainly do have economic problems and Xi may well be in a lot of trouble but China is easily capable of stifling problems and stubbornly bulling through if they want something. And China certainly does want the world’s greatest navy – to dominate the pacific region and to give the impression of a world superpower, whatever the conditions inside China.

Reply to  Richard Page
June 2, 2022 9:38 am

Launching probes to the moon is peanuts compared to the cost of building and running a 500 ship navy.

Reply to  commieBob
June 2, 2022 6:09 am

You mean to say those three-masted naval vessels are already on order?

Reply to  commieBob
June 2, 2022 6:23 am

“there will always be someone out there willing to take our freedom if we let them.”

Can’t say this often enough. It is not the US Constitution that guarantees our rights, it is the US Armed Forces. These are not military leaders at all, and have got to go asap.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  BobM
June 2, 2022 12:40 pm

Yes, these current military leaders misleading everyone about the dangers of CO2 must be removed from service as soon as the next Republican president is in office. Their own words will be the end of their careers, if we are smart.

It’s scary to see otherwise grown men caught up in this CO2 delusion. Obviously, they don’t go into any detail in examining whether CO2 is actually a danger or not, they are taking another’s word that it is, without actually establishing that this is a fact.

I would describe this as fuzzy thinking that has no place on a battlefield. Any military leader who claims to know something when they don’t actually know that something, has no business in the leadership of the military because their thought process makes them unfit to analyze the real world.

God Save Us from these Climate Change Maniacs!

Reply to  commieBob
June 2, 2022 6:42 am

China is a territorial nation far more than a maritime nation. Their land borders are much harder to protect than their coastline, especially as Xi flexes his dictatorial muscles and pisses off his neighbors. Russia and China are no more natural neighbors than Hitler and Stalin, regardless of who is in charge,

Xi’s navy is expendable. Any land threat will shift naval resources resources to the army.

Reply to  commieBob
June 2, 2022 7:06 am

I see the the “someone” as our own leaders who are more than willing to take our freedom and so far we are letting them do it. The danger is from within and we must fight for what we have if we want to keep it. They are really dumbing us down at an amazing rate.

Reply to  commieBob
June 2, 2022 9:37 am

As for taking our liberties, at present our own leaders are the greatest threat.
Not that Putin et. al. aren’t also threats.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  commieBob
June 2, 2022 12:27 pm

“As for the Chinese having the world’s greatest navy any time soon …”

A lot of those Chinese ships included in their Navy ship count are commercial vessels.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Rich T.
June 1, 2022 8:39 pm

But But But!!! Moskva sunk in a STORM. Honest! Russian Media told me so. Absolutely no surface to surface anti ship missiles were involved, so clearly Climate Change(tm) is to blame.


Reply to  Craig from Oz
June 1, 2022 11:28 pm

No it’s on a special sea bottom mission to study climate change.

Gunga Din
Reply to  LdB
June 2, 2022 12:43 pm

Russia has shown its deep commitment to fighting climate change.
The Moskva is searching for “the missing heat”.
(Unfortunately, under our current leadership, the US Navy may soon be joining in the search.)

Richard Page
Reply to  Craig from Oz
June 2, 2022 5:28 am

Moskva is a clear case in point as to why you should never give ships overly clever or patriotic names. Calling a ship the ‘Unsinkable’, ‘Undefeated’ or after your capital city is always going to invite trouble.

Gary Jeff's
June 1, 2022 6:40 pm

I am just so sick of everything being fake nonsense. I don’t remember if everything was like this when I was a kid and there was this much fake nonsense everywhere but I feel like we live in a time where nothing at all coming from The Establishment is real in any way shape or form.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Gary Jeff's
June 2, 2022 12:50 pm

The Leftwing Media is lying to all of us every day, all day long. They distort reality for political purposes and you can’t believe a word they say. Believe just the opposite of what they say and you will be much closer to the truth.

The Leftwing Media is the most dangerous organization in the nation when it comes to stealing our personal freedoms. Their lies enable really evil/stupid/incompetent people to be elected as our leaders, and these dispicable leaders lead us down the Road to Ruin, like Biden and the other Democrats are doing now.

Americans cannot govern themselves properly if they are constantly lied to, the way they are lied to now. Propaganda is a very effective weapon. It fools a lot of people. It has fooled some American generals and admirals to think and say some really stupid things, which will only embolden our enemies, not strike fear in their hearts.

Leftwing Propaganda will be the death of the United States if we are not careful.

June 1, 2022 6:46 pm

So his focus is climate change and not winning wars. Obviously the qualifications the administration is looking for.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Olen
June 2, 2022 12:50 pm


Ron Long
June 1, 2022 6:50 pm

Wow, rainbow warriors fighting climate change. Climate change is going to win, even though it does nothing. I need a drink.

Ed Hanley
June 1, 2022 6:53 pm

Is this the Babylon Bee?!

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Ed Hanley
June 1, 2022 8:30 pm
Reply to  Old Man Winter
June 2, 2022 7:58 pm

Oh dearie me… I hope they postpone the assault until after my beach vacation.

Reply to  Ed Hanley
June 2, 2022 6:11 am

Its the (Biden’s new title) Babble-On B.

Reply to  Ed Hanley
June 2, 2022 6:12 am

And having won his now-famous lawsuit, Captain Jack Sparrow is up for commission in the US Navy.

June 1, 2022 6:59 pm

What has our navy come to. This guy needs a good thrashing.

Clarky of Oz
Reply to  Bob
June 1, 2022 8:14 pm

He needs a new tugboat to play with in his bathtub.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Bob
June 1, 2022 8:19 pm

captain’s daughter = cat o’ nine tails

June 1, 2022 7:00 pm

God help us all. I just hope these are just talking points pandering to their far left base, and not sincerely held beliefs. Sadly I suspect it’s the latter.

Reply to  WR2
June 2, 2022 3:14 am

Even if sincerely held, Del Toro sure as heck shouldn’t be saying stuff like that in public. World peace depends on a wary regard between potential adversaries. Admitting—boasting—that you have no intention of being a potent adversary invites war.

Putin is struggling right now because he underestimated his enemy. If he thought there was a good chance he’d meet a spritied defence he’d have stayed home.

Reply to  Quelgeek
June 2, 2022 9:43 am

Prior to WWII, the Japanese leadership believed that the US lacked the will to fight.
They believed that if they bloodied us sufficiently at Pearl Harbor, our politicians would race each other to sign a peace treaty with them.

Words have consequences. This seems to be a lesson that each generation has to learn for itself.

Reply to  MarkW
June 2, 2022 9:56 am

MarkW In the WWII era, the Japanese leadership made a serious error in judgement with that belief.

Today, I suspect they would be proven right.

Reply to  TonyG
June 2, 2022 5:06 pm

I believe someone said back then, “we have awaken a sleeping tiger”. Now the tiger is “awoke”.

Reply to  WR2
June 2, 2022 7:38 am

This has been going on to some degree since the Clinton administration. I thought it fairly harmless when it was things like installing solar hot water panels on the base laundry and exchange, but then they seriously started trying to get vegetable oil (from all sorts of plants) to run the airplanes and ships instead of Jet 1A or bunker fuels. The only reason to research those ideas is for a limited proof of concept contingency for disrupted wartime fuel supplies. You can’t reliably run operations on it.

June 1, 2022 7:01 pm

Allow me to order up a prophesy.
China becomes the dominant sea power in the western Pacific ~2025-2028.
They invade and take Taiwan by force of arms shortly after.
With all the geopolitical costs to the US that entails and all the geopolitical advantage that flows to them.
The US navy is unable to engage and can offer no support to Taiwan, China is unopposed internationally.

Status today:
China is building fighting ships, destroyers and cruisers as if on a production line.
The US ship building program is an absolute train wreck.
Consider the new destroyer, DDG 1000 Zumwalt class, late, over budget, weapon systems cancelled. Originally conceived as 32 ships, now cut to 3. A truly useless ship, adding no capabilities to the fleet.
Next up the LCS, the Littoral Combat Ship (Little Crappy Ship). They could not even decide on a basic ship design between traditional monohull and a multiple hull design. So both were built.
The Freedom class and the Independence class. Both have huge problems with the propulsion system, and like the Zumwalt, offer nothing to the fleet.
In 2016 it was announced that the first four LCS would be set aside as training ships and never join the fleet at all. In 2020 it was announced that these ships would be withdrawn from service all together.
This is the navy we have to project power to the western pacific.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  TonyL
June 1, 2022 7:10 pm

Look at the bright side – maybe these Naval lemons can be towed out to deep water and used for target practice.

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 1, 2022 7:40 pm

Plan A:
Deploy them to the western Pacific and allow the Chinese navy to use them for target practice.

Reply to  TonyL
June 2, 2022 12:55 am

Don’t worry, you still have USS Missouri. I watched it on a documentary about it fighting an existential threat.

All to the soundtrack of Thunderstruck by AC-DC.

Reply to  ThinkingScientist
June 2, 2022 9:45 am

It was chewed up pretty bad in that conflict. I don’t know if they still make spare parts for it.

Richard Page
Reply to  TonyL
June 2, 2022 5:35 am

The Gerald R Ford also has huge design problems, the Connecticut highlighted glaring problems in training and personnel, the Bonhomme Richard disaster highlighted failures in command and this is on top of several previous cases where US Naval officers have rammed or been rammed due to avoidable errors in seamanship. You’d have thought that these issues would have topped the list of things to get fixed, wouldn’t you?

Reply to  Richard Page
June 2, 2022 9:49 am

Which problems management chooses to concentrate tells you what is important to management and what their real goals are.
This morning I attended an all hands meeting with the CEO. After spending the first 3 minutes listening to him go on and on about the tragedy in Uvalde and Tulsa and the desperate need to do something about gun violence, I hung up. I don’t know if he ever got around to talking about the company.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  MarkW
June 2, 2022 1:03 pm

The Tulsa gunman was a disgruntled patient of the doctor he killed. The doctor operated on him a few weeks earlier and the patient thought the operation had been botched and ended up killing the doctor and several others in the immediate vacinity because of it, before killing himself.

It turns out the killer was living with a doctor at the time of the shooting. He lived with a doctor and then he went and killed a doctor. Obviously, he was mentally deranged.

Of course, Biden will focus on trying to ban the AR-15 rifle, but not having a rifle would not have prevented this man from finding something else to shoot with. Along with the rifle, he had a pistol.

Gun Control is avoiding the problem, which is mental illness. Gun Control is a diversion that doesn’t solve the problem. If you have total Gun Control, then only the criminals have guns.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 2, 2022 1:08 pm

Biden will focus on trying to ban the AR-15 rifle

Because that’s the only rifle he could have possibly used.

Reply to  TonyL
June 2, 2022 6:15 am

Thus far the Biden administration’s standard response to any existential threat is committing suicide.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  roaddog
June 2, 2022 1:02 pm

Would that it were so. From what I’ve seen. I think their standard response is curtailing our liberties.

June 1, 2022 7:11 pm

I’m waiting for them to turn the dial to 11 and move from “existential threat” to “galactic threat”. Because hyperbole and superlatives are supposed to make it sound so much more real to all us little people who haven’t lost our minds and couldn’t care less about the non-existent problem of climate change global warming.

Richard Page
Reply to  stinkerp
June 2, 2022 5:37 am

“Intergalactic emergency” would probably be turning the dial up to 11.

June 1, 2022 7:20 pm


June 1, 2022 7:23 pm

Well following the SecNav’s views we need to launch on all shore coal plants and all tankers and NG carriers at sea. Gee, is this the guy you want in charge of the Nacy?

June 1, 2022 7:28 pm

People are tired of the ‘woke/ESG’ agenda. They’ve figured out it’s all hype and no substance. Some corporations have already pulled out of their support for ESG …. quietly, they aren’t sure yet. Investors won’t be fooled by the woke narrative, they’re in it for the money. Long live Capitalism.

Walter Sobchak
June 1, 2022 7:36 pm

Back to sailing ships!

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
June 2, 2022 6:12 am

Arrrrrgh! The NavSec is worthy of a plank to walk to Davy Jones Locker. Or, perhaps, a good keelhauling to fix his unworthy not befitting a sailor attitude. Aye, me laddies, we live in interesting times. Which need to be addressed and righted…soon?

Marty Cornell
June 1, 2022 7:57 pm

Elections are the solution to this farce

Reply to  Marty Cornell
June 1, 2022 8:09 pm

Alas, there’s a year and a half before that’s possible. Plenty of time to do just more, perhaps irreversible, damage to this country. I don’t think there’s a rational person anywhere in this administration. Woke radicals all……………Sigh.

Richard Page
Reply to  Marty Cornell
June 2, 2022 5:39 am

The military tried the election idea but found it didn’t work out very well in practice. They much prefer a slightly more defined chain of command!

Reply to  Marty Cornell
June 2, 2022 8:11 pm

The regime doesn’t seem to be concerned about losing elections.

June 1, 2022 8:00 pm


Tom Abbott
Reply to  HwyEng
June 2, 2022 1:05 pm


Old Man Winter
June 1, 2022 8:04 pm

A permanent fog bank has settled in between the Secretary’s ears!

Shoki Kaneda
June 1, 2022 8:28 pm

The Biden admin are clowns. All of them. Sadly, they have power and remind me of another clown.

Pillage Idiot
June 1, 2022 8:39 pm

If “climate change” is an existential threat, then I assume the U.S. Navy is currently sailing with all due haste to cruise missile range of China and India. At least one missile should be launched at every single coal-fired power plant in those two countries as soon as the ships are in range.

If heavy bombers from a foreign adversary were carrying nukes to bomb the U.S. into oblivion, that would be an existential threat and everyone in the military would agree to immediately shoot down every bomber.

Why does the term “existential threat” in first scenario not mean the same thing as “existential threat” in the second scenario?

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
June 1, 2022 8:40 pm

P.S. I am an Idiot, but I am not advocating for violence.

However, I am advocating for logic.

Reply to  Pillage Idiot
June 2, 2022 12:43 pm

PI, that horse is long out of the barn.

Reply to  Pillage Idiot
June 2, 2022 6:16 am

That would be racist.

Mike Maguire
June 1, 2022 8:53 pm

This seems more like a nightmare, with us being in the Twilight Zone.
Our leaders dwelling on the fake climate crisis in every realm. 

Seriously, it’s a religion/cult that’s programmed the minds of millions of people to no longer think critically or use the scientific method.

Instead, they’ve had their minds captured/programmed by climate cult leaders who they trust with unshakeable faith, despite the science being exaggerated to wrong for over 3 decades.

If the US had mortal enemies, this type of leadership and future energy, defense, economic and other strategies are exactly what that enemy would hope for to spell our demise!

Reply to  Mike Maguire
June 2, 2022 12:57 am

Charles Mackay 1812–89

Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.

Reply to  Mike Maguire
June 2, 2022 9:56 am

During the 80’s a government review of our education system opened up with the statement that if our current education system had been imposed on us by a foreign power, we would consider it an act of war. Education has gotten much, much worse since then.

FOIA requests for the e-mails that led up to the parents are domestic terrorists memo reveal that the “educators” wanted much stronger language.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  MarkW
June 2, 2022 1:06 pm

If the next Republican administration can’t zero-out the Department of Education, I’m done with them.

John Pickens
June 1, 2022 8:54 pm

At least the US Navy is the only government department anywhere close to being capable of going carbon neutral. They have these really cool portable nuclear reactors, and could expand their production massively. But I’m guessing that isn’t part of the Naval Secretary’s plans.

Burgher King
Reply to  John Pickens
June 1, 2022 10:23 pm

The US Navy is nowhere close to being able to go carbon neutral. The money being wasted on this nonsense should be spent on readiness — spare parts and maintenance for ships and for aircraft, and for upgrading our shipyards to modern standards.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Burgher King
June 2, 2022 12:23 am

It always pays to read the fine print. It’s even better to read between the lines, and John seems to have done both.
Career bureaucrats seem to have a finely honed ability to find a way of interpreting decisions from on high in such a way as to find additional funds to do something they have on the drawing board.

An earlier article was about the US Army going carbon neutral for bases and non-tactical vehicles, and a while later announced small modular reactors in shipping containers which could be air-lifted to site.

Let’s see what the Navy announces down the track.

Reply to  Old Cocky
June 2, 2022 6:17 am

Behold the pedal-tank.

Reply to  Old Cocky
June 2, 2022 6:21 am

Plug in electro boats! they have a long lead time!!!

Burgher King
Reply to  Old Cocky
June 2, 2022 6:44 am

The fact is that the US Navy’s readiness accounts have been underfunded for more than twenty years to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq; and to pay for shipbuilding programs such as the DDG-1000 and the LCS which are miserable failures for the 60 billion dollars spent on them so far.

The new Ford Class aircraft carrier cannot reliably launch and recover its aircraft; and the nature of the technical problems are such that it is doubtful these can be fixed without a total redesign and replacement of the ship’s aircraft launch and recovery systems at a cost of eight or ten billion dollars, if not more.

The result has been that we now have a USN fleet which is wearing out and which is not sufficiently equipped with enough ships, enough aircraft, and enough ordnance to successfully fight a war at sea with the Chinese.

The money needed to deal with these issues is listed as an unfunded priority in the Navy’s current budget submission. However, Carlos Del Toro states in his Climate Action 2030 plan that his climate action spending priorities will be the primary focus of his tenure as Secretary of the Navy.

We should believe what he says. He was chosen for the job because he will do whatever Biden’s puppet masters tell him to do in supporting their Green New Deal agenda.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Burgher King
June 2, 2022 1:09 pm

I wonder if the Chinese wait to see if our stuff works before they steal the designs.

Richard Page
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 4, 2022 6:35 am

The Chinese managed to make their copy of the F-35 fly successfully before the US ironed the bugs out of theirs. I think they’ll steal the technology first then see if they can make it work.

Pat from kerbob
June 1, 2022 9:05 pm

Full retard

Richard Page
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
June 2, 2022 5:44 am

They’ve been a long time without an enemy to fight with far too much time on their hands and the endemic problems of a peacetime military have become endemic. US Naval officers are no longer concerned with ability or combat effectiveness but simply on political brown-nosing for promotion.

Reply to  Richard Page
June 2, 2022 12:41 pm

The Air Force seems equally as bad. The Academy is positively drowning in political correctness. It is truly sad to observe these people who have completely lost track of their job assignments and responsibilities.

Craig from Oz
June 1, 2022 9:19 pm

Mahan. The Influence of Sea Power upon History: 1660–1783



So ignoring for the moment that the association of ‘Climate Change(tm)’ and ‘existential threat’ should immediately be followed by the question of ‘what drugs are you on?’, let us talk briefly about Mahan.

Mahan was INCREDIBLY popular and influential, but was he actually correct?

I will paraphrase, but the core premise of Mahan’s theory was that naval power should be directed towards the traditional massive ‘fleet’ action. You would – hopefully – win this decisive battle and then, based on your clear superiority, win the war.

Now a decisive action can be very useful (assuming you win of course) as without the need to worry about the enemy fleet you are free to do other naval activities without significant hindrance.

What are these activities? Basically two. Protection/suppression of seaborne trade and conducting/countering amphibious operations. (support of ground operations – ie shore bombardment – fits into here).

Post Mahan we can add the direct power projection of carrier based airpower, but that is post Mahan and unfair to consider when discussing him.

Now these operations are important and should be worked towards if you are planning naval strategy.

However the problem with Mahan is that by placing so much importance on the decisive sea battle, Mahan and his supporters lost sight of the end game (trade and amphibious) and the battle itself became the desired objective.

His theories were supported by the Battle of Tsushima in 1905 where the Japanese utterly destroyed the Russian 2nd Pacific Fleet in a ‘decisive battle’ between two fleets in the traditional ‘gun’ manner.

What is forgotten is that by this time the war was basically over with the Japanese ground forces having defeated the Russians and captured Port Arthur. Also bemusingly, despite clearly losing the war, the Russians managed to win the peace and apart from the loses in land and material, basically ended up having to give the Japanese – who were hoping to force Russia to pay for the war – nothing.

This led observers to conclude that Mahan was right and that if you lacked ‘Battleships’ (and later ‘Dreadnoughts’ you were not remotely a world power. There were naval arms races, fleets were built, bunting was bunted and then came the Great War.

And… Yes there were a few fleet actions (Jutland being the clear stand out) of various sizes but the vast majority of naval combat ended up being protection or attacking of merchant shipping.

This is where Mahan completely missed the boat. The reason the German High Seas Fleet needed to be constantly observed was not because they might sink elements of the Grand Fleet, but because if left unchecked the Germans could raid up and down the North Sea coast. Battlecruisers raided Britain in 1914 and the public outrage was significant even if the material damage was minor. Aside from the ability for the Germans to conduct more raids and/or utterly shut down British ports there was NO need to seek a decisive Mahan style fleet battle.

Broadly speaking – Mahan was wrong.

Probably 😛

Reply to  Craig from Oz
June 2, 2022 5:11 am

An interesting viewpoint , but on a historical note there was surely a decisive battle , almost exactly 80 years ago – Midway. To quote from one of the many internet sources :

The U.S. Navy’s decisive victory in the air-sea battle (June 3-6, 1942) and its successful defense of the major base located at Midway Island dashed Japan’s hopes of neutralizing the United States as a naval power and effectively turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific.

Reply to  mikewaite
June 2, 2022 10:02 am

I’m not sure if it is accurate to call Midway a naval engagement. All the fighting was done using planes. None of the ships got close enough to see each other, much less fire their guns at each other.

The naval portion was using floating air bases to get planes in position to attack, and other ships to protect the floating air bases.

Reply to  MarkW
June 2, 2022 10:04 am

There was one ship on ship action that I forgot about.
A US sub was detected and attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The sub got away. However while the destroyer was racing to re-join the Japanese fleet it was spotted by a flight of American planes. The commander of the flight decided to fly in the direction that the destroyer was sailing, and was able to find the Japanese fleet.

Richard Page
Reply to  Craig from Oz
June 2, 2022 5:52 am

His influence may have been a problem during the war of 1812 as, when tasked with commerce raiding, US warships instead got distracted with hunting down and engaging British warships. This was a winning strategy for the British fleet (who had many more ships and men) and very few merchantmen were lost to US commerce raiding at the time. I broadly agree with your conclusions, probably!

Giordano Milton
June 1, 2022 9:25 pm

And this guy is in charge of the Navy. Pathetic. Certainly not a meritocracy.

Ed Zuiderwijk
June 2, 2022 12:46 am

The existential threat is fools like Del Toro.

June 2, 2022 1:19 am

Hopefully Carlos Del Toro is going to replace the ‘approximately’ 420 diesel powered US Naval Ships with Electric (/s) long before 2030. I’m sure China will help them achieve this goal!

Coeur de Lion
June 2, 2022 1:20 am

Reminded by the pic that Ukrainians sank the Moskva for us

Richard Page
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
June 2, 2022 5:59 am

Yep, holed and sunk a 43 year old ship. Yay!

June 2, 2022 1:49 am

As bad as this is, I’m not sure anything can top what I heard an Air Force general say in a radio interview some years ago. He considered climate change to be an existential threat because in his words, “you can’t land an airplane on a runway that is under water”.

Reply to  Tom.1
June 2, 2022 6:19 am

Because float planes haven’t been invented yet.

Richard Page
Reply to  roaddog
June 2, 2022 10:51 am

Well they have but the air force wants nothing whatsoever to do with them.

Reply to  Richard Page
June 2, 2022 12:28 pm

But, but, but…existential crisis!

Reply to  Tom.1
June 2, 2022 10:06 am

How many Air Force bases are located within 20 feet of current sea levels?

June 2, 2022 1:50 am

“We have come a long way” since military leaders were actual leaders and were military experts rather than political cronies.

One has to fear for the lives of those in uniform with fanatical idiots like this running things.

June 2, 2022 4:15 am

everything in our government has gone stupid.

That being said a note to the author, that’s not an American ship in the picture its Russian

Reply to  bob boder
June 2, 2022 5:08 am

Looks like a Slava-class guided missile cruiser…

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Richard Page
Reply to  bob boder
June 2, 2022 6:08 am

I’m also not sure it’s actually the Moskva either – the Marshal Ustinov and the Varyag, both Slava class cruisers as well, have been deployed in the mediterranean recently. Could be any of them – without pennant numbers they all look very much the same.

Reply to  Richard Page
June 2, 2022 7:00 am

I knew it was Russian, but didn’t have time to go see which class. The big missile launchers on the side are a dead give away. No US ship has them.

Richard Page
Reply to  bob boder
June 2, 2022 8:56 am

Those big missile bins are a giveaway at that size as well. Very few cruisers have those massive missile arrays down each side. The pic that David Middleton has put up is probably of the Marshal Ustinov, brother to the sunk Moskva. Ironically enough, I think it was the Moskva (under her previous name of Slava) that was offered to the Ukraine Navy after independance but they couldn’t afford to buy it.

Reply to  Richard Page
June 2, 2022 11:40 am

It is the Marshal Ustinov.

Reply to  bob boder
June 2, 2022 11:49 am

Russian warships look deadly. US warships are deadly… 😉

Richard Page
Reply to  David Middleton
June 2, 2022 12:28 pm

We always considered Russian warships to be structurally slightly weaker than western ones but over-endowed with weapon systems, often 30% to 50% more firing tubes; the thinking was that Russian inaccuracies in guidance meant more warheads fired at a target to ensure the same hits.

Bob boder
Reply to  Richard Page
June 2, 2022 5:42 pm

Vertical launch systems are more dense and less visible as well

Richard Page
Reply to  Bob boder
June 4, 2022 6:38 am

Good catch – reminded me of the VLS system on the Kirov class.

June 2, 2022 5:31 am

Typical political incompetent. Can’t fix real problems so they “fix” imaginary problems to show that their “not incompetent.”

George Tobin
June 2, 2022 5:40 am

I don’t get it. I thought that when the glaciers melt and make the oceans larger that meant a bigger role for the Navy. Every port (post-melt) will be in a tropical clime that sailors will love for shore leave. What is the problem here?

June 2, 2022 6:08 am

The Biden administration has a remarkable staff selection process which routinely identifies the least-capable person available to fill each role in its ranks.

One wonders what marvelous technical modifications he will implement, to permit naval vessels to cope with our rapidly rising oceans. (Something from China, I suspect.)

Richard Page
Reply to  roaddog
June 2, 2022 9:00 am

Obviously if sea levels continue to rise, he’ll worry that rising water may go over the side of the boats – so raising the heights of the boat sides would have to be a priority! sarc (I doubt if it’s needed but some people…..)

Reply to  roaddog
June 2, 2022 10:09 am

This definitely seems to be the theory they have been using to fill positions in D.C.

June 2, 2022 6:15 am

This man is too stupid to be Secretary of anything except his local food stamp club.

Michael in Dublin
June 2, 2022 6:23 am

Though the Navy Secretary has an engineering degree and served in the navy for 22 years he has essentially been on the government teat ever since. Engineers working in the real world tend to view things differently.

It is convenient to release a report about climate being an existential threat to the navy by say 2030 when he will be nearly 70 and not held accountable for spouting nonsense. Nor will president Biden, who will likely be pushing up daisies by that date.

Thomas Gasloli
June 2, 2022 6:29 am

Until they act to end the invasion by the nacro-republic of Mexico’s cartels at the southern border the US military is just one more useless bureaucracy.

Richard Page
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
June 2, 2022 9:02 am

I assumed you meant narco? Actually drone minisubs carrying drugs are a big problem that the US coastguard has to deal with, I only realised recently.

June 2, 2022 6:39 am

our navy has become an international eyesore . our ships are out there with rust streaks streaming down their topsides and looking generally like third world vessels . sailors don’t want to chip and paint and no one seems to care . while the chinese fleet looks shiny and new .

Reply to  garboard
June 2, 2022 7:08 am

google : rusty US navy ships to see what our fleet looks like

Richard Page
Reply to  garboard
June 2, 2022 9:04 am

Most of the Chinese fleet IS shiny and new – it wasn’t even built when most of the US surface fleet was launched!

June 2, 2022 6:40 am

The enemies of our nation, and the free western world, have gotten a huge bargain in the investment in the current administration. Aided by the administration prior to Trump, they have not only managed to restart the “transformation” of the US, but also established the religion/cult of “climate change” worldwide.
This SecNav is just an example of what a “useful idiot” looks and sounds like. Doubtful that any of them realize what the end game truly is. Once the utopia is achieved, they will be eliminated first and quickly. Their success is their downfall and extinction by those they raise to power.
Maybe its just me who sees this as the final act in this tragedy. Maybe. If true that makes the folks we see occupying their positions of influence not so smart after all.

Bruce Cobb
June 2, 2022 6:41 am

“We have come a long way…”
Yes. From fully capable and competent to full retard and weak is a long way.
In the wrong direction.

June 2, 2022 6:51 am


June 2, 2022 6:56 am

Row, row, row your boat…

June 2, 2022 7:16 am

Yes Biden fired all Trumps senior military personnel. Replacing them with woke goose greens to defend the US against .. not China, not Russia, not South Korea, but … the Winged Pegasus – Global Warming. Meanwhile, here in Australia we get an early start to the ski season with massive snow dumps across NSW and VIC. Not an Al Gore or John Kerry or Flip Flop Albo in sight

Sgt Stryker
June 2, 2022 7:32 am

Carlos Del Toro is a MORON.

June 2, 2022 8:38 am

This is not the military I recall from my time.
And I can’t even imagine what my father (WWII) would have to say about this.

When a nation’s military loses sight of its primary objective of defending the country from hostile forces, how long before the end?

Sweet Old Bob
June 2, 2022 8:46 am

Why does (box)Car load Del Toro seem to describe this dude so well ?

June 2, 2022 9:24 am

Priorities, we don’t need no stinking priorities. We have climate agenda directives to manage.

June 2, 2022 9:25 am

When does the USS Solyndra launch anyway?

Reply to  ResourceGuy
June 2, 2022 10:32 am

After a 8 year delay and 3 billion dollar cost overrun…

Reply to  sid
June 2, 2022 10:46 am

with grants and loan guarantees for the contractor

June 2, 2022 9:28 am

In WWIII there won’t be any sleepy commanders in chief to blame and no one to do the blaming. Until then it’s all a game, right Joe?

June 2, 2022 9:42 am

Well then, obviously the Navy needs to get rid of all of its ships, aircraft, and vehicles so we don’t all die!

June 2, 2022 10:01 am

I always thought that although loony Democrats might be elected to office, the military would hold fast to its traditions and mission – to protect the nation from foreign military threats.

I’m gobsmacked! How the hell did they manage to take over the armed forces??? It’s a coup!

Reply to  Art
June 2, 2022 12:19 pm

How the hell did they manage to take over the armed forces?

By putting political appointees with the “right” beliefs in the top leadership positions. This then impacts promotions for the slightly lower leadership, as they need to toe the ideological line if they want any career advancement.

Reply to  TonyG
June 2, 2022 12:26 pm

Thinking wrong thoughts cannot be tolerated, especially when engaged in military action.

I fear the Babylon Bee can’t parody fast enough to stay ahead of reality.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  TonyG
June 2, 2022 1:26 pm

Antonio Gramsci’s strategy of cultural Marxism, alternatively described as Rudi Dutschke’s strategy of Communism’s long march through the institutions.

June 2, 2022 10:37 am

America’s civilizational threat is Islam. America’s military threat is China.

Andy Pattullo
June 2, 2022 11:27 am

WTF. The civilian leadership of the US navy has named its foe and that foe is climate change. They can raise the white flags of surrender now as it is clear there is no possible way that the US navy can stop the climate from changing. Why not cancel their budget and invest all that spare cash in building a fighting force that can travel the seas and defend the nation from well-armed enemies.

Reply to  Andy Pattullo
June 2, 2022 7:31 pm

Here’s an idle thought. You know how it’s impossible to defend against the no-see-ums, black flies, and mosquitoes?

Why not get rid of every naval ship larger than a shore launch and put every member of the Navy on armed jet skis?

Can you imagine what it would be like trying to defend against a half-million of armed, zippy little rocket-firing craft… and then 200,000 reinforcements show up?

I’m not sure anyone has thought of that, prolly because then everyone would be captain of ther ‘ship’. Can’t have that, I suppose. How do you get promoted?

June 3, 2022 5:50 am

Someone needs to post the chart of Hurricanes getting weaker. The Navy worrying about calmer seas is a complete joke.

June 3, 2022 5:51 am

This is what the Navy Fears? What a joke.

Hurricane Activity Close To Lowest On Record In Last Year

June 3, 2022 9:50 am

The Party sell out to advocacy groups extends to your national defense while a land war rages in Europe.

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