Wednesday, October 10, 2012

We are condemned to repeat it, I guess.

I wasn't in the Navy in the 1970s, but as a young pup I was raised by those who were. 

One of the big "never again" takeaways was that our senior leaders cannot let the Fleet get caught in a burn-out death spiral of decreasing funds and increasing requirements. We did some of this "do more with less" dishonesty in the 1990s and it was ugly enough then. Along those lines - I do not like this at all from the new CFFC's Vision & Guidance.
For the foreseeable future, our operating environment will be defined by four predominant characteristics: (1) decreasing resources, (2) increasing operational demands,
... and your response as a leader is what?
Hold Commanders and Leaders accountable for results
OK. Stand by for many more firings of COs. Here we go again. Read the whole thing here; CUSFF Vision and Guidance_05OCT2012_Final-1

Hat tip P.


Anonymous said...

The best thing for the Navy would be to reduce this command to a three-star lead and reenforce its role as a supporting command. No one from FFC needs to be lecturing the real fleet commanders. The problem with four-stars who don't command anything except "as assigned" forces is that they can't sit still, have a cup of coffee and be a good supporting player.

Anonymous said...

Whenever you see a leader willing to commit the troops to MORE warfare requirements (quantity output) without a matching resource input (dollars, manpower), RUN THE OTHER WAY.

A SOF flag would NEVER smile and nod in this situation. He'd say something like "Sorry, but we are pulling back to our key and essential SOF-specific taskings because of resource constraints. We cannot deliver exceptional capacity in an exceptional quantity with exceptional resource shortfalls."

Said more succinctly, he'd tell the JCS to go EFF themselves.

Competent people will jettison themselves right out of the Navy under the burden of unexecutable SOPs/inspections/OPORDs and you'll be left with a DOD force made of people whose motivation is just to cut corners, pass inspections, avoid risk, do as they are told, and complete the minimum requirement in all efforts (essentially, the Army of 1992-2003/pre-GWOT). The expectation that we are just going to "hold leaders accountable" is exactly as SAL said: We are just going to fire every CO who doesn't turn himself inside-out and grind the troops into compliance.

All you end up with is the spineless leading the clueless...

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