With all eyes on the impending election, and further as the White House has scrambled to contain the coronavirus outbreak within top administration ranks which drove world headlines after Trump’s brief hospital stint, it’s easy to forget that a major Pentagon crisis has also unfolded due to the pandemic.
As of Monday it remains that six of the seven of members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are still quarantining at home. This marks one full week since all among the Joint Chiefs except for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, who was not exposed, went into voluntary quarantine.
The Department of Defense took a moment on Sunday to remind the public and the world that “military readiness has not been affected,” The Hill reported. Starting last week the Joint Chiefs have issued repeat assurances that operations and defense readiness are not in doubt.