Sunday, January 25, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Worth examining

"I am convinced that you and your organization, your unit, your group will never be EXTRAORDINARY in the long run without genuine concern for your people."

Leadership - What's Love Got To Do With It?
Colonel Art Athens
USMC - retired

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Someone had to be first

Excerpts from the Navy Times:

Commanding Officer, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay was unceremoniously removed from command for unspecified "misconduct" Wednesday amid a Naval Criminal Investigative Service Investigation.
Captain John Nettleton was fired by Rear Admiral Mary Jackson, head of Navy Region Southeast, "due to loss of confidence in Nettleton's ability to command," the region said in a press release.
Nettleton is a prior-enlisted Marine infantryman who was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in 1989. He has deployed aboard the carriers Theodore Roosevelt and Saratoga, and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He took command of the controversial naval station in June 2012. Nettleton did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday.
Nettleton is the first Navy commanding officer to be fired in 2015.

Just added this to my reading list

For more than two decades William S. Sims was at the forefront of naval affairs. From the revolution in naval gunnery to his development of torpedo boat and destroyer operations, he was a central figure in  preparing the U.S. Navy for World War I. During the war, he served as the senior naval commander in Europe and was instrumental in the establishment of the convoy system. Following the war his leadership as president of the Naval War College established the foundation of the creative and innovative Navy that developed the operating concepts for submarines and aircraft carriers leading up to World War II.
Despite his dramatic impact on the U.S. Navy, Sims’ books and articles are often overlooked. His lessons are especially important for a today’s military, facing budget cuts and missions in transition. This book is a collection of Admiral William Sims’ written work, and it investigates his relevance in addressing the questions facing today’s military personnel and policymakers.
LCDR Benjamin Armstrong, USN, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Norwich University and is a PhD candidate in War Studies with King’s College, London.  He has been awarded the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement and is the editor of 21st Century Mahan.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


While we wait for publication of Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet's new Strategic Plan, we can be certain that this will be included:

The value the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command team brings to Navy and Joint commanders moving forward will be measured based on our ability to:
  • Operate the Navy network as a warfighting platform;
  • Conduct tailored signals intelligence (SIGINT);
  • Deliver warfighting effects;
  • Create shared cyber situational awareness; and
  • Establish and mature Navy’s Cyber Mission Forces.
You can read the latest from VADM Jan E. Tighe HERE.

This from fellow blogger George Ambler

Busyness kills leadership as:
  • Busyness is fake work, it has the appearance of work, but doesn’t deliver results.
  • Busyness gets you doing unnecessary work. When unnecessary work is done time is wasted.
  • Busyness is seductive as it makes you feel important.
  • Busyness traps you into using your time and energy for doing good work rather than investing it in your great work.
  • Busyness robs you of the capacity needed to reflect and to think deeply about important issues and decisions of the day.
  • Busyness keeps you reacting rather than responding and initiating.
His excellent blog is HERE.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mark your calendar for 4-5 March. Free to the military - if you are in the area, you should stop by

American Society of Naval Engineers

ASNE Day (will be held for 2 days), the annual meeting of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), and the Marine Machinery Association Spring Meeting will be held March 4-5, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. 

Right now, VADM Jan E. Tighe is a confirmed speaker on March 5, 2015 from 1330-1500. She'll be talking about Cyber Security.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Deadline fast approaching - CNO Rapid Innovation Cell - From NAVY NEWS

The CNO invites junior officers and enlisted Sailors to apply for the CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell for 2015. Applications are being accepted until Jan. 31. 

Successful applicants will develop innovative technology or processes as part of the CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell, or CRIC, established in 2012 to take advantage of opportunities outside the Navy mainstream, empowering innovators with flag leadership advocacy and financial resources to develop prototypes that can be rapidly transitioned to the fleet. 

Volunteers from a cross-section of Navy communities are sought to participate as a collateral duty without a geographic relocation or release from present duty assignment. This is an "additional duty" assignment. 

Successful applicants will join a group of successful current CRIC members. For more information, join the CRIC on Facebook at, or via NMCI at Application forms: . 

NWDC POCs are Lt. Jackie Kvinsland (, 757-341-4687) and Cameron Cooper (, 757-341-4731).

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Some Saturday humor

"If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you."

Donald Robert Perry Marquis

Friday, January 16, 2015

Navy is beginning to get serious about strategy - we're going to "strengthen the connective tissue" between education and billet assignments


In order to enhance our Navy's ability to develop and implement strategy 
and policy while strengthening the connective tissue between our education 
programs and strategy billet assignments, the CNO has created a Strategic 
Enterprise that will:
--Ensure the focused development of Navy Strategy.
--Align Navy Strategic Documents.
--Establish informed linkages between strategy and our budget.
--Coordinate and synchronize strategic messaging and engagement.
--Create a culture of strategic thinking.
--Develop a cadre of Navy strategists.

You can read the entire NAVADMIN HERE.

And, you must read this USNI article by Commander Michael Junge in the February 2012 issue of PROCEEDINGS - So Much Strategy, So Little Strategic Direction.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I don't know if CNP said this or the article writer just winged it

Navy Times staff photo by Mike Morones
"However, the Navy always sends officers to school in between shore and sea duty for a refresh."  I don't know about you, but I never went to school for a refresh - ever.

You can read the entire article HERE  Some of it makes sense.  I am always puzzled when we have someone in very senior positions articulate what Third Class Petty Officers and junior officers have been saying for years.

VADM Moran is talking about changing things up.  We know we need to change.  We are very resistant to change.  Will we change?  Probably not very much.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

This, from CDR Salamander's blog about the V-22 replacing the C-2. It seems like the same sentiment can be applied to so many decisions.

"Ummmm ... yea. In the end, we'll wind up with XXXX and Sailors will do the best they can with what their Navy has given them.

We could have done better, but then again - those making the decisions are not the ones who will live or die by them."

Understanding what strategic decision making is all about could help. Many people think that strategy is about future decisions.  It's not.  It about the futurity of present decisions.  What decisions could have been made 15 years ago to prevent the Navy from making the difficult decision about C-2 replacement now? This isn't something that snuck up on us.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

VADM J. E. Tighe to speak in London at the 2015 Cyber Defense and Network Security Conference

VADM Jan E. Tighe will speak for at the Cyber Defence and Network Security 2015 (CDANS) in London on 21 January.  The conference will provide attendees with high level strategic briefings from over 25 senior international military, government, critical national infrastructure and industry cyber experts. Offering unique accounts of national and corporate cyber defence strategies, including the most recent programmes and requirements, as well as insight into the latest technologies and innovations available from industry, CDANS 2015 is an invaluable opportunity to learn, network and engage in discussion on this crucial issue. 

As the cyber threat evolves and the incidence of attacks increases, maintaining preparedness and situational awareness is vitally important. Customised malware, DDoS attacks and the vulnerabilities of mobile and enterprise networks all present real challenges. However, the opportunity to come together and share ideas, solutions and initiatives and to facilitate deeper cooperation in cyber defence must be harnessed.
The complete list of international cyber expert speakers is HERE.  Cost of the conference is 700 pounds ($1000) for military and 2000 pounds ($3000)  for civilians. 

Speaker Information

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe
Vice Admiral Jan TigheCommander, US Fleet Cyber CommandUS Navy

Monday, January 12, 2015

What are you doing to get ready for the 80th Anniversary of the Naval Security Group ??

On 11 March 1935, "Communications Security Group", the predecessor organization to the Naval Security Group Command, was established. 11 March 2015 will be our 80th Anniversary!!

I bet that Rear Admiral Eugene St. Clair Ince, former Commander, Naval Security Group Command is ready for a party.