Sad thing is - this is the world we created.
Here is the good news. To untie a knot, you have to understand the knot. You cannot fight the knot at the beginning - you cannot lose your cool. You have to work it, ease it, know how one part affects the other.By June 30, commanders are instructed to revise Fleet Forces missions, functions and tasks (MFTs) to eliminate the term "type command" and revise or draft Warfare Center of Excellence MFTs to create de-conflicted administrative control and command relationships.
The admiral also requires revisions to the Fleet Forces' processes for supporting Navy areas of responsibility to show that Warfare Enterprise leads and the Fleet Readiness Enterprise have no administrative control responsibilities or authorities, ensure that support of Echelon 1 requirements follow proper administrative control guidelines and establish Fleet Forces' deputy chief of staff for resources and integration as the sole flag officer responsible to the commander for coordination of Navy Component Commander requirements.
Fleet Forces' deputy chief of staff for global force management and joint operations is required to change doctrine and identify investments that will optimize relationships between Mission Operations Centers and with MOCs and Service Operations Centers to improve the flow of information to combatant commanders by Nov. 26.
Harvey's memo stresses the importance of feedback in establishing effective control by allowing commanders to monitor events, adapt to changing circumstances and change direction if necessary. In order to establish a feedback loop in Fleet Forces Command, Harvey's memo requires Fleet Forces N4/7 directorate to coordinate with Type Command and the 2nd Fleet to brief the admiral monthly on unit readiness, including material health and operational health. The briefs were scheduled to begin in March.
The document postulates that such steps are necessary for setting up an environment that allows effective command and control in response to confusion over hierarchy and unified command that have arisen in past years.
The quote sounds the way it does because of what it is, an honest attempt to fix a problem. To untangle a fonctionair's creation - you must think and speak like a fonctionair. This is good. Via Inside Defense, here is the background.
The head of Fleet Forces Command is instructing subordinates to move back to basic principles of command and control, including an unambiguous hierarchy and lines of authority and accountability, in an effort to straighten out confusion the admiral says has arisen since the Navy's standup of initiatives like Sea Power 21, which aimed to unify domains into a single entity.Another BZ to ADM Harvey.
Adm. John Harvey says that the decentralized nature of naval operations has led the service to push decisions to the lowest level possible, but argues that dispersed command does not leave behind the foundational principles of command and control.
"I strongly believe in our decentralized command and control system not only because it is fundamentally sound and has withstood the test of time, but also because it has allowed the Navy to develop independent thinkers willing to act to the limits of their authority to accomplish their assigned mission to the benefit of the Navy and the nation," Harvey writes in the Feb. 10 serial message posted on the command's website.