Friday, April 9, 2010

Disruptive Leader - Vice Admiral David "Jack" Dorsett - N2/N6


What is compelling about VADM Jack Dorsett is that he has the vision and insight to see that the world and technology are changing, understands the implications of those shifts, and he is pressing ahead in the face of often fierce institutional resistance. Indeed, one of the key reasons he is going to be successful is because he is willing to speak truth to power -- willing to tell superiors and subordinates what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.

This sounds very much like SECDEF Gates' description of General Krulak, Admiral Rickover, Admiral Nimitz and Ray Boehm (creator of the Navy SEALS).

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

I know little of ADM Jack Dorsett but if he acts like or emulates SECDEF Gates the Navy and the Military could be in real trouble.

Let me sound like a Commanding Officer and say “correct me if I am wrong”. SECDEF Gates turns out to be just another yes man and switches positions on DADT, weapons procurement for the military, and the country’s nuclear defense policy as he drifts from one administration to
another. He has earned a reputation of lacking credibility because of his continual change of very important military decisions to fulfill what the administration he is presently serving desires of him.

This sounds very much like SECDEF Gates' description of General Krulak, Admiral Rickover, Admiral Nimitz and Ray Boehm (creator of the Navy SEALS).

Unfortunately the Navy can only wait to see what this possibly new CNO will burden them with.

Very Respectfully,
Navyman834

Captain - Special Duty Cryptology said...

Master Chief,

Fair enough.

Anonymous said...

He's more like RADM Cramer. Throwing briefing books and screaming seems to be a hallmark.

Funny. The word verification code for this post is "crock". As in crock of...

Anonymous said...

No chance of VADM Dorsett being CNO. He's an intel guy 1630 so it will never happen. My thinking on this N2/N6 is that soon it will not necessarily be an IWO heading it but a line officer.

shpion1

MustangCryppie said...

Disruption and destruction of the "old ways" can be good for an organization, but only if the one doing it has solid and sensible replacements waiting in the wings. All too often, I have seen leaders shake up commands and then leave the carnage for someone else to clean up. What kind of leader is Admiral Dorsett?

Anonymous said...

I was on the Joint Chiefs of Staff when he was the J2 and everyone hated him...strong hate. Screaming and throwing stuff during briefings like a damn child. Enjoy your money now as a CTR Jack. Glad he is done. BTW, PACOM had a party when he left.