H. Norman Schwarzkopf

The military still doesn't get it

The military still doesn't get it

The military's top uniformed leaders did themselves no favors in their testimony Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee about sexual assaults in the military. Certainly, they were willing to give the problem lip service, but in refusing to back the substantial reforms many in the Senate have in mind, they demonstrated that they still take the problem lightly.

How is that even possible? In case they missed it, the number of assaults taking place under their command has risen sharply — from about 19,000 in 2010 to about 26,000 last year. Yet only 3,374 sexual assaults were actually reported to authorities in 2012.

This is not some minor blemish on the record but a...