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Posted on 10/20/2010 2:42:02 AM PDT by Cindy
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Mullen: U.S. Military Needs More Diversity
By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2010 The armed services cant go fast enough to increase diversity, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a group of senior military leaders here yesterday.
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the Air Force Diversity Senior Leader Working Group at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, Va. on Oct. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
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Mullen addressed the Air Force Diversity Senior Working Group, comprised of Air Force senior leaders including more than 50 general officers who were attending a two-day working group aimed at increasing diversity across the armed forces.
Bolstering diversity across the military requires fast, direct action, Mullen told the group.
There isnt anybody sitting in this room who wont look back 10 years from now and say, I wish we could have gone faster, the chairman said. There are some things we should have done better, more risks we should have taken to get this right. And the demographics are pretty daunting. Mullen said his boyhood in small-town, middle-class California didnt show him much of the world. When he came home for a few weeks of vacation in August 1965 after his first year at the U.S. Naval Academy, he saw the Watts section of Los Angeles aflame with race riots.
Im 15 miles from Watts, and it is burning down, he said.
The 1960s and 1970s put a glaring light on race and civil rights issues in America and the American military. As a young military officer, Mullen said, he learned early to focus on peoples individual capabilities.
Even back then, from my perspective, what I was trying to do was put the best talent together to get the job done, Mullen said.
When he became chief of Naval Operations in 2005, Mullen said, he made diversity a priority.
When youre taking on a very, very difficult challenge like this and trying to change your institution, you cant go fast enough, he said.
Mullen said he focused his diversity goals for the Navy on two areas: minorities and women.
Thats where the leadership was really critical, and we were not doing very well, he said.
Now, Mullen said, the Navy has a number of female one-star officers who are competitive for the future.
We know how to make [general officers], he said. Weve been doing it a long time, and its actually pretty simple. You put them in the right jobs, and if they do well, they get promoted. And a really interesting dynamic that was going on in the Navy in 2005, Mullen said, was: Who is putting people in jobs?
When he looked into it, Mullen said he found that the people making officer assignments for the hot career paths were white males.
There certainly wasnt much of a path for those that couldnt break through. Almost overnight, once I knew that, and we started to diversify our assignment officers all of a sudden, records that were just as good as any other records started surfacing, he said.
His senior leaders regularly reported to him on their progress in increasing diversity, Mullen said.
We measured ourselves on that and if there were senior officers that werent doing this, they were leaving, he said. Mullen said he now keeps a magazine on his desk with a cover photo of three Navy three-star admirals, all black, so that everyone who visits his office can see it.
Three or four years ago, you didnt see that [senior-level diversity] in the Navy, Mullen said. Todays minority role models, he said, provide important examples of success to young military officers.
Without such role models youre not going to make it, no matter what programs we have or how much we talk about it, the admiral said.
The drive for diversity in the military is talent-driven, Mullen said. Shortly after he became chief of Naval Operations, he recalled addressing a diversity conference comprised primarily of young officers. Mullen thought he had a strong message for them, but his message came back at him during the question-and-answer period.
This young Coast Guard ensign asked me, What about that all white-male staff you just walked in here with? Mullen said. Two years after hearing that ensigns question, the admiral said he gathered his personal staff.
I stood back from that and looked and I think I was the only white guy in the room, Mullen said. It was all women and minorities. And what really struck me that day was how disappointed I was in myself that it took me so long. Because this was the best talent, the most talent, Id ever seen in a room person by person.
Diversity is all about opportunity, Mullen said.
This is not about bias or anything like that. This is: Heres the job, heres your opportunity -- sink or swim, he said. There was way too much not getting the opportunities, for whatever reason: institutional, systematic, how we were assigning people, you name it. It just wasnt going on. And again, we know how to do this, because we know what it takes to get promoted in our system.
The military services and the officer ranks cannot remain effective if they veer away from the nations demographic makeup, Mullen said. By 2040 or 2050, he said, white males will become a minority segment of the U.S. population. But the service academies, which last year graduated the flag-officer class of 2040, do not reflect that reality in their current class enrollments, which are less than 50 percent -- and in some cases less than 25 percent -- minorities and women.
The leadership has got to think about it, from my perspective, along those lines, Mullen said. And then be very hard on ourselves: Are we making progress?
Increasing diversity within the Defense Departments military and civilian workforces isnt magic, Mullen said.
Its a lot of hard work, he said, noting increasing diversity requires commitment by the leadership.
And, more importantly, he continued, the opportunity for us as a military to just grow stronger and stronger and stronger, which we must do over the course of the next 10, 20, 30 years.
The American military, like American industry, has to work harder to increase diversity, the chairman said.
There are a lot of things we can learn in terms of those who have done this before, Mullen said. In the end, for us, I think its going to come down to some very basic things.
Biographies: Navy Adm. Mike Mullen
Background Links regarding the Watts Riots as mentioned by Adm. Mullens:
“Watts Riots, 40 Years Later”
Yahoo ^ | 8/11/05 | By Valerie Reitman and Mitchell Landsberg
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“Black Panther foundation seeks to sell “Burn Baby Burn” hot sauce”
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Posted on July 19, 2005 2:55:37 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
SNIPPET: “OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Former Black Panthers are hoping the phrase “Burn Baby Burn” will help their nonprofit organization market a new product - hot sauce.
The Huey P. Newton Foundation, named for the co-founder of the 1960s militant group, is seeking to trademark the phrase that for many brings to mind the racially charged 1965 Watts Riots in Los Angeles that left more than 30 people dead, at least 1,000 wounded and hundreds of buildings in ashes.
The new line of hot sauce, called “Burn Baby Burn: A Taste of the Sixties Revolutionary Hot Sauce,” is aimed at “anyone who wants to have an extra savory boost to their food,” executive director and original Black Panther David Hilliard told The Associated Press.”
Yes, I’m certain sure the Russians, Chinese, and Iranians are working diligently to implement looney left “diversity” in their military forces.
I mean, the military is all about social experiments, right?
Mullen is probably a Communist mole.
Respectfully, not as ex-military (I’m not), but as son of retired military, we have diversity. I had the privilege of growing up around Air Force pilots and their kids. Aside from some bureaucratically-minded leadership, the us military is spectacular, hands down. And people from all walks of life are there, doing exactly as they should. When I hear words such as these, it reminds me of some similar phrases from former corporate head honchos of various multinationals I’d worked for. As in, when you can’t find a genuine problem, start picking apart that which is already working well. I truly think there is no force on earth that can touch you guys in the military. I just wish that some of those losing their way occasionally (in command) had better sight of how good you guys are.
It can't be soon enough for me!
> Mullen is probably a Communist mole.
Either that, or he is a brain-bleached fool.
He should be given brig time followed by a dishonorable discharge.
No way should such a fool be in command of any American military.
I can’t say it any better!
This is an attempt to push open homosexuality in the ranks?
Multiculturalism is killing us.
Probably so, but it is more certain he is a 60-70s progressive idiot.
Our Military leadership has no balls. Now it is official.
I think Mullen is an idiot; he and General Casey can just go out back of the Pentagon and play hide and go F*** themselves.
I don’t think he is a Commie but he ISa 60-70s progressive idiot. A native of Los Angeles he did graduate from The USNA!
this is how a nation sinks...you get supposed leaders NOT focusing on their priorities and dabbling in voodoo hysteria over some ridiculous goal....
its like the wolves......the wolves would come back naturally on their own into Yellowstone and Glacier and other areas .....they didn't need to be "reintroduced"...
when femalies and minorities want to be military people, there is nothing stopping them.....
The last year I was in the Navy was really weird. I got out this past May. My command was visited three times by three seperate admirals. One discussion point they always had was diversity and the Navy’s vision for their future admiral corps. They want the Navy’s Admirals to look like a cross section of the country in 2025, where currently they are nearly a bunch of old white guys. I would look around the room, and there was about 15 of us. All of us were white, and male. I just found it strange that is what these touring Admirals always wanted to discuss with their officers. They also discussed Iraq and Afghanistan, but this was the top discussion point.
This is such crap.
These "white males" who got accepted to West Point, the Naval Academy, or top universities on ROTC scholarships has to compete for those with their sex and race as a DISADVANTAGE.
There are not quota points on the numerous boards for being a white male. You have to get by with your academic, sports, SAT, and individual records, because there are not quotas for you.
Next, this "talent in the room" is a platitude of the worst sort. How does he know that? Is he saying a room full of women and minorities is more talented than any room full of white men?
Talk about discrimination!
This heavy handed PC mindlessness is coming straight from the top: The Community Organizer and Secretary Gates.
On top of the "Gay" directive, the military should be effectively destroyed in about 18 months.
Mullen is an “F” wit of the highest magnitude.
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