by Hayley Britzky
“Newly-confirmed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has given his senior military leaders until Feb. 5 to provide him with a summary of what is and isn’t working in their efforts to combat sexual assault and harassment in the ranks.
“’I know this has been a focus for you and for the Department’s leadership,’ Austin wrote in a memo released on Saturday, the day after he was confirmed by the Senate. ‘I know you have worked this problem for many years. I tried to tackle it myself when I, too, commanded.’
“”We simply must admit the hard truth: we must do more. All of us.’
“Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered senior leaders to tell him what is and isn’t working in their efforts against sexual assault.”
“Austin said in the memo that while President Joe Biden has ordered a 90-day commission to ‘pursue solutions to sexual assault in the military,’ he wanted to move faster.
“He ordered leaders to provide a summary of the accountability measures taken in the last year that ‘show promise,’ along with ‘frank, data-driven assessment of those which do not’ He also asked they focus on what kind of oversight their programs and policies have to ensure they are being ‘executed on the ground and with fidelity.'”
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