Monday, May 06, 2013

RDML Kirby ... Takes one for the Team

Let's touch base on a topic that is always good to return to now and then - the Navy being top-heavy in a following seas; via Mike Mather at WKTR.
In World War II, there were 30 Navy ships for every admiral. Now, the Navy has more admirals than ships.

That’s a point not lost on Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner.

“I want to see the Pentagon cut back on some of this “brass creep” both in terms of numbers and some of these perks,” Warner said.

Not long ago, the Navy forced out 3,000 mid-career sailors.
... the Pentagon has added admirals and generals. There are now nearly a thousand. Many of those top officers are surrounded with entourages including chauffeurs, chefs and executive aids. Top flag officers have private jets always at the ready. They live in sometimes palatial homes and frequently travel in motorcades. Former Democratic Senator Jim Webb asked the Pentagon why the Air Force has more four-star generals than the Army, even though the Army has almost twice the manpower. Across all service branches, Warner said, the number of people at the bottom has shrunk while the number of generals and admirals has swelled.
That is a tough topic to step in front of the press about, but I thing RDML Kirby did a real good job here. He's good.

Watch the full interview, especially if ERB is a concern to you.

One thing I didn't care for, is the reporter seemed to try to get "personal" with RDML Kirby (you can hear more of him during his visit to Midrats), but he moves off that fairly fast enough.

More work needs to be done, but can anyone think that we don't have enough GOFO?.

Hat tip LTE.


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