Stars and Strips reported that over 500 Army majors will be forced out of the military by next spring; almost 1,200 captains have also been cut as part of the Obama Administration’s downsizing plan.
And all of this is occurring at the same time as China and Russia are expanding their forces and increasing expenditure.
However it gets worse. Capt. James Fanell, a senior Navy intelligence leader was relieved from his position as the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s director of intelligence and information operations because he made public information about China that Obama didn’t want you to hear.
His comments, now being labeled “provocative,” revealed that after a recent Chinese amphibious exercise, naval intelligence officials assessed that China’s strategy was to be able to launch a “short, sharp war,” with Japan.
Fannell said the following about Chinese naval intentions: “(We believe) the (People’s Liberation Army) has been given the new task to be able to conduct a short, sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea following with what can only be expected (as) a seizure of the Senkakus or even southern Ryukyu (islands).”
According to Pentagon brass, this information runs counter to their daily talking points about “building ties” with the Chinese Navy, a force which appears to be more assertive than ever before.
Adm. Harry Harris, in charge of PACFLT, relieved Fannel from his position as an intelligence director. According to Military Times, he was reassigned as an aid to Rear Adm. Randy Crites at PACFLT’s maritime headquarters — which is a long fall from his previous position.
Fannell reportedly has plenty of support within the naval intelligence community for voicing his views on China’s growing aggression toward countries like Japan and even the United States. As a 29-year naval intelligence officer, Fannell has more credibility and insider knowledge than most others in his branch of service.