It may take a few years, but eventually Congress and the press catches up to Salamander.
Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel panel, said he is studying historical trends to determine why senior ranks are growing but is not ready to do anything about it.Sen Webb (D-VA) - no please, be adversarial; we've been worrying about your testosterone levels for years.
“This is not intended to be an adversarial hearing,” he said Wednesday as defense and service officials appeared before him to discuss how needs are determined. “This is an area we are just beginning to get a look at.”
But while Webb may not be ready to act, one witness said something is definitely amiss.
“The average general and admiral has nearly 500 fewer uniformed personnel under command today than in 1991,” said Ben Freeman of the Project on Government Oversight, a federal watchdog group.
... and when did you first hear about POGO? Midrats of course. Now, on with the goodness in Rick's article in Navy Times;
Some 964 flag and general officers are in the force today, down from 1,017 at the end of the Cold War. The total force, however, has dropped by 600,000, a much steeper decrease.They may force you to sit through Lean Six-Sigma .... they may twist "lean" in to your FITREP somehow ... but when it comes to their own there is but but one word; fat.
The 30 percent drop in the overall force against a 15 percent-drop in flag and general officers has created “star creep,” said Freeman, who endorsed Graham’s idea of also studying growth in senior civilians.
You can read all of POGO's Ben Freeman's testimony here.
If they really want to ponder top-heavy ineffeciency - then look to the SES gaggle. Verily.