The Problem with Lloyd Austin’s ‘Stand-Down’ Order

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., February 10, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
I have served in the military. The ambiguous bid to root out extremists in the ranks could take a troubling turn, and quickly.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F ollowing a meeting with top Pentagon officials last week, newly confirmed Defense secretary Lloyd Austin directed a Department-wide “stand down” to address the issue of extremism and white supremacy in the ranks of the U.S. military. This comes after multiple news outlets reported that a handful of veteran and active-duty military members were active participants in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol building. While Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby remained adamant that “the vast majority of men and women who serve in uniform and the military are doing so with honor, integrity, and character,” he said the issue

Roger J. Maxwell is a practicing attorney with previous military experience located in Salt Lake City, Utah, specializing in criminal law, military law, and the law of armed conflict. Roger J. Maxwell is his pen name. 


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