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Republicans claim that the FY25 NDAA restores the focus of defense spending on lethality

Republicans claim that the FY25 NDAA restores the focus of defense spending on lethality

On Friday, Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) are touting provisions to the annual defense spending bill they say target several left-wing policies and initiatives.

Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) is the Chairman of HASC.

"The FY25 NDAA builds upon our efforts last year to restore the focus of our military on lethality," said Rep. Rogers. "By requiring merit-based promotions, ending affirmative action at service academies, and prohibiting climate change nonsense, the FY25 NDAA makes it clear that the military is no place for Biden's far-left politics."

The HASC passed on May 22 its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an $883 billion bill to set the Department of Defense's 2025 spending budget. The memo claims that several new provisions in the NDAA draft push back on leftist initiatives in the Defense budget. These provisions include barring the Biden administration's Department of Defense (DOD) from implementing or maintaining diversity, equity and inclusion-based (DEI) initiatives. They also limit the implementation of climate change programs in the military.

They claim that the NDAA would bar the DOD from running committees or programs responsible for helping implement DEI policies at DOD Education Activity (DODEA) schools worldwide. DOD internal documents have outlined millions in budget allocations from the Biden administration for DEI infinitives at DODEA schools.

The bill also prohibits the Pentagon from contracting with "advertising firms" that blacklist conservatives. The Biden State Department has contracted with the Global Disinformation Index, a United Kingdom-based operation that works to censor conservative news sites.

The NDAA also has a provision that would require the DOD to make all promotional and command decisions based on "individual merit and demonstrated performance, rather than political affiliation, race, sex, ethnicity, or religion." This would effectively end affirmative action programs at service academies including the Naval and Airforce Academies and West Point.

This report is based on original reporting by the Daily Caller.

The NDAA passed the House Armed Services Committee last week. It now moves to the full House for consideration and vote. Members will have the ability to suggest and make amendments on the House floor before it goes to the Democratic controlled U.S. Senate.

The Senate is where big changes are likely to occur with some Senate Republicans including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) calling for tremendous increases in defense spending given the increasing likelihood that a third world war will be within the next five years.

An estimated 90 million people died in the last two world wars. World War III could easily surpass those numbers given that the global population is many times larger than it was then and far fewer people live on their own farms growing their own food meaning that global populations are much more vulnerable to supply chain interruption than any previous generation was. Then there is the specter of nuclear war.

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