British troops dominate Americans in war games because US military ‘is focused on culture wars’ says US Senator

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British forces won significant battles early on and carried out raids behind enemy lines, amid unsuccessful enemy counter attacks. A Britsh Air Defence Troop from 30 Commando Royal Marines with the new counter UAV system the NightFighter X. Photo: LPhot Joe Cater - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

The Royal Marines left US troops surrendering halfway through a military exercise last week in California, with a top American official blaming too much reading into critical race theory as a reason for the American defeat.

Josh Hawley, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee said American soldiers were spending too much time reading about critical race theory and “white rage” instead of prioritising war-fighting.

During the military exercise US forces reportedly asked for a “reset” after suffering a severe amount of simulated casualties half way into the five day exercise. 

British forces won significant battles early on and carried out raids behind enemy lines, amid unsuccessful enemy counter attacks. 

At one point the British “kill board” showed almost every US asset had been destroyed or rendered inoperable.

British Royal Marines with Charlie Company, 40 Commando, Royal Marines, carry a simulated casualty during Exercise Green Dagger at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Photographer: Lance Cpl. Shane Beaubien – USMC © copyright 2021. MOD News Licence.

In the wake of the defeat, the Republican Senator accused the US military leadership under Joe Biden’s Democrat administration of turning the US military into a “giant social experiment.”

The Royal Marines from Armoured Support Group meets their US Counterparts the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion. Photographer: LPhot Joe Cater – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

By the time Exercise Green Dagger in the California desert ended, the Royal Marines were in control of over 65 per cent of the area being fought over, having started with less than 20 per cent.

Senator Hawley accused US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of having their priorities wrong.

Asked what China’s reaction to the British triumph would be, Mr Hawley told Fox News:

“They’re probably wondering why it is that people like General Milley and Secretary Austin spend so much time recommending books on white rage, on critical race theory, and are not more focused on war-fighting.

“Here’s my view. We’ve got the best soldiers, airmen, Marines in the entire world. Our soldiers are amazing war fighters. Let them fight.

“Train them to fight. Let them do what they do best. And stop using the military as a giant social experiment, which is what the Left seems to want.”

General Milley told Congress:

“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, noncommissioned officers of being, quote ‘woke’ or something else, because we’re studying some theories that are out there.”

Mr Hawley said he thought General Milley was being “pretty darn casual about the threat from China” and said the Pentagon should be prioritising military readiness for defending Taiwan.

The Senator said:

“We need to get ready to defend right now. This ought to be the priority rather than assigning our troops to read stuff on critical race theory, white rage and white supremacy and all of these other left-wing pursuits.”

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Dow Royal Marines addresses personnel at the start of Exercise Green Dagger. Photographer: LPhot Joe Cater – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

British Commanding Officer of 40 Commando, Lt Colonel Andy Dow, said of the exercise:

“Our success has proved the new commando force concept is more lethal and sophisticated than ever before and I am immensely proud of every member of the LRG and their vital contributions. 

“Operating alongside our partners from the USA, Netherlands, Canada and the UAE gives us a fantastic opportunity to test, integrate and continue to push our capabilities in new and innovative directions.

“Throughout this deployment our focus has been on integrating game-changing capabilities from across the commando force to deliver disproportional effect in the face of a free-thinking peer adversary.”

The US Marine Corps twitter account published a message celebrating the connection with their British counterparts saying:

“U.S. Marines are fortunate to train with allies and partners all over the world, every day – including our brothers and sisters in the Royal Marines. As fellow soldiers of the sea, we have a unique and proven bond shared by those who have earned the title “Marine.”

In another post they said:

“Tough, realistic training with foreign partners allows us to sharpen our skills, validate our techniques, and learn new tactics. Iron sharpens iron.”

The area in which the exercise was conducted covered more than 3500 square kilometres of mountainous and desert terrain, and had actors playing civilians in urban settings. 

Photos: MOD News Licence – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

By Claire Bullivant and William Hallowell

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