Saturday, July 31, 2010
She didn't give much thought to what she had lost. She became a different person in the process. Fast forward six years later and she is a retired Army Captain and is CEO of her own well-respected and fast growing firm - Halfaker Associates LLC. And, first among her advisors is Les Brownlee (former Acting Secretary of the Army during my days as Staff Director of the Detainee Task Force). This is one remarkable officer, Soldier, person, warrior, patriot, basketball player, CEO, example, and woman. The most remarkable quote from her was that she was not going to be weighed down by the burden of the hypocrisy of self pity when so many of her fellow "comrades in arms" were worse off than she was.
Google Dawn Halfaker and find inspiration.
Google Dawn Halfaker and find motivation.
Google Dawn Halfaker and find an American Hero.
You can find her busy at work here http://www.halfakerandassociates.com/index.htm
Friday, July 30, 2010
The sea has a language all its own, and the air has largely taken it over, with a few necessary modifications and additions. Everyone who writes naval or maritime history should endeavor to use strong, short words and plain, terse phrases that are consecrated by decades of sea usage and not try to translate them into current journalese or other jargon.
Samuel Eliot Morison
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
With the completion of the Fleet Review Panel Report and SAN ANTONIO Investigation, we now have a clear sight picture of the root causes behind the negative readiness trends observed in our Surface Force. These trends were twenty years in the making and will take constant pressure over time to resolve. I recognize we still have much work to do, but we have a clear path ahead to reverse negative readiness trends, assure the future readiness of the Surface Force, and uphold our commitment to the nation and our Sailors.
You can read his opening statement HERE.
Admiral John Harvey
Commander, Fleet Forces Command
Each of the Navy witnesses conceded that the surface Navy’s experiments in “running like a business” hadn’t panned out as officials had initially hoped, but said the fleet already has plans in place to get back on track in each of its troubled areas.
Don't shoot the messenger.
Bad news sells better than good news.
Bad news travels fast.
Give the XO the bad news. Save the good news for the skipper.
Click on the cartoon to see more of Jeff Bacon's great BROADSIDE cartoons.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I am keenly interested in exploring and investigating solutions to balance the tension between the desire for collaborative openness against sustaining the necessary protection of the underlying networks and systems. Since my speech in San Diego, I’ve thought a lot more about the subject and I keep coming back to the idea that there are two possible outcomes to the current complex and largely ungoverned “Cyber Sea” environment:
The first and vastly preferred outcome is that we work together as an international community to create a comprehensive set of rules and behavioral norms that would govern behavior within the cyber domain. Think of an effort along the lines of the Law of the Sea Treaty negotiation, a very big project indeed.
Yet a second possible albeit highly undesirable outcome is that we find ourselves in a deterrence posture similar to the Cold War but with different tools. A stalemate, if you will, wherein actors – individuals? organizations? nation states? – are deterred from “doing harm” by the threat that harm will in turn will be done to them.
Admiral James Stavridis
Monday, July 26, 2010
Admiral Dennis Blair
Director of National Intelligence
Sunday, July 25, 2010
REAR ADMIRAL WILLIAM PRATT, LEADERSHIP
USNI Proceeding Magazine 1934
Saturday, July 24, 2010
"Burn the boats," Vice Admiral Ferguson said (in an interview with DIVERSITY INC.), recounting Hernando Cortez's (or Hernán Cortés) order. In other words, "We're not going back," he said. Ferguson said commitment is the foundation of success, and it was a similar statement of commitment that guided the Navy's diversity and inclusion efforts several years ago.
The reorganization is moving quickly, as it should, and will be complete by the end of this year and N2/6, or the Director of Information Dominance, will be the one making the major investment decisions as we compare our 2012 budgets. Someone asked me (Admiral Roughead) this morning, ‘where are you along this timeline?’ and I think the quote from Hernando Cortez applies, “we burn boats, there’s no going back.” "So Jack Dorsett, you’re the helmsman."
As I think about the analogy here, it can be a bit worrisome. Are VADM Ferguson and ADM Roughead telling us "they have burned the boats" for the same reasons Cortez did?
Cortez supposedly burned the boats because:
- he feared his men lacked the courage to follow him,
- he feared they would all desert him, and
- his men were afraid to go any farther
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet to recognize an individual Sailor who best represented the ever-growing group of dedicated professional Sailors at each command and ultimately the Navy. Admiral Zumwalt's son, retired USMC Lt Col James Zumwalt, is working with the U.S. Postal Service to have his father recognized on a postage stamp for his long career of service to our Sailors. You can read about his efforts HERE.
Captain Post, a native of Dallas, Texas, and University of Texas alumnus, became the 8th commanding officer of NAVIOCOM Georgia. He assumes command of NAVIOCOM Georgia whose mission is to provide Information Warfare and Cryptologic expertise and personnel to Fleet Air, Surface, Submarine and National Security Agency/Central Security Service Georgia. It also provides reachback staff support to Chief, Joint Force Maritime Component Commander of Central and Europe operations.
Captain Michael R. Fisher retired after a 26 year USAF/Navy career.
Such tremendous change created a need for sweeping reform of new accession training, and Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii responded with an innovative pipeline for junior officers (JOs) arriving at the command.
Following the Information Warfare Officer Basic Course (IWBC) in Pensacola, Florida., Ensign Miguel Cueva reported to the analysis and production (A&P) cell at Fleet Information Operations Center (FIOC) Hawaii. "IWBC was a whirlwind experience, exposing me to a broad range of topics," he noted. "Arriving at a major cryptologic center gave me the chance to go deeper into area-specific knowledge and see most aspects of IW in practice."
Junior officers typically spend five weeks in A&P, completing target and watch floor qualification requirements. The new arrivals then move on to five weeks under instruction as FIOC watch officer. "This is the phase where a lot of loose strings start to come together," explained Lt. j.g. William Brinkmeyer, FIOC division officer. "Armed with strong target knowledge and the resources available to the watch, junior officers learn to leverage this and pass it on to the fleet," he said.
"It's amazing to see the progress of our junior officers. They show up completely green to the community and by the time they move on to a second tour, they have performed at the level of department heads at sea and shore-side," noted Lieutenant Mike Curtis, NIOC deputy operations officer.
NIOC Hawaii plays an extensive role in surface and submarine direct support and after several months as FIOC watch officers, JOs make the transition from provider to consumer as direct support officers. "Getting underway as a direct support officer is an intimidating prospect for an ensign or lieutenant (j.g.), but I definitely took the knowledge I learned from FIOC and A&P to sea. Knowing what resources are available to tactical units is a huge advantage," Lt. j.g. Marcus Long explained.
With FIOC watch officer, direct support officer and the new community standard Information Warfare Personnel Qualification Standard (PQS) complete, JOs board for the 1810 designator. The 1810 board assesses individuals' knowledge of myriad topics related to IW and the wider Navy.
"The 1810 board emphasizes the 'big picture'... how everything JOs have learned as watch officers and DSOs fit into the construct of the 21st century Navy," said Curtis. "We are confident that this breadth of exposure sets our JOs up for tremendous success in their careers as information warfare officers."
Captain Jeffrey S. Cole assumed command of NIOC Hawaii on 9 July 2010.
Story from HAWAII NAVY NEWS.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Constant change is a characteristic of the modern era, and constant change requires people of vision who can look beyond the current paradigm in order to chart our future. Develop ideas that guide your career, the Naval Intelligence community, and the Navy. Seniors are looking for bold officers with good ideas. Although not all people possess equal capabilities to look to the future, all of us have the capability to try.
Look for opportunities to contribute your ideas. If opportunities don’t present themselves, look for ways to create the right opportunity.
VADM "Jack" Dorsett
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6)
and Director of Naval Intelligence (DNI)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I challenge every officer, legalman and civilian employee to strive to make a positive difference every single day. Take the hard jobs, get out of your comfort zone, stay involved, and communicate up and down the chain of command.
Please accept my sincere thanks and gratitude for all you do!
Good luck, Chiefs - it’s time to Anchor Up!
CHRISTOPHER J. BROWNING
LNCM (SW/AW), U.S. Navy
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Captain Michael D. Abrashoff has earned several 100 thousand dollars from his great series of books (It's Your Ship, It's Our Ship and Get Your Ship Together) based largely on his turnaround of USS BENFOLD. You'll understand my surprise when you research who he relieved on BENFOLD, the previous Commanding Officer who was supposed to have run the ship and her Sailors into the ground. As with many stories, some of it is cultural mythology. I have all three books and refer to them often.
Monday, July 19, 2010
We owe our Sailors more. I hope this is not a contractor-maintained website.
From over at the SCOOPDECK, this post is described as a cyber-attack.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
CPO: THE GIFT
… Then, Admiral Jones (that crusty chap)
Went down the brow at last,
And found, without much fare-thee-well
A mooring, safe and fast,
And pierside,by a bollard stood
His putative relief,
To his surprise he spied, as well,
A work-stained Navy chief.
He wore no brass, except the mark
Defining time and grade:
Long years from ‘prentice up to now,
And sacrifices made;
A strainer he had just rebuilt -
Where lube-oil marked the spot,
His grimy hands and sweaty face
Declared what he was not!
“How goes it, Chief?” the senior said,
Now late for first good-byes,
Wars demand – receptions wait
As dark clouds fill the skies.
The aide, accustomed to delay,
Was now in Option Two –
Separate the Boss and Chief,
And do it - PDQ!
“Well, Sir,” he said, a messenger
Called down for volunteers;
The OOD was in jam-
In crap, up to his ears!
The pump , here, it had gone tits-up,
But, Sir, you know it well –
My duty section has the watch,
There’s not much more to tell!”
The parting one sat on a bits,
And waved this chief to join,
His medals clinking on his blouse,
His aide confused, forlorn,
The three-star had some time, that day –
(his future firmly set)
A warrior-turned to Memories,
Of days he’d not forget.
“Have them wait five minutes more,”
The Old Man told his aide,
“Chief Mix and I Are old, old, friends –
A trip or two we’ve made,
Across the Line – and to the Poles,
Through thundr’ing seas – or flat,
A street-wise kid – a leader now,
Since the day he won his hat!
“And Tonkin Gulf, Sir – the Mayaguez -
Khaddafi’s ‘Line of Death;
So much he shot his mouth off, Sir,
He just ran out of breath!”
“And that he did, Old Mummar,”
The VADM soft, agreed,
”But other feats eclipsed the task
And fulfilled a greater need!”
The work-soiled chief, puzzled, tried
To remember something large
With a parting salute, the flag took leave:
“Your guys sure fixed my barge.”
Khaki was living large that day -
Go on - I’ll make it brief.
The Fleet does not get underway
Without the gift of chiefs!
S C Myers 03/15/2010
Written by a great Shipmate of mine - Captain Steven C. Myers. You can find his book on Amazon @ "TO THE FLAG"
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Consequently both you and your people have got to be trained. You’ve got to know what you’re going to do in any circumstances without stopping to think about it, and you’ve got to know what they’re going to do. You’ve got to expect exactly the performance in battle you’d get on a drill – no better; no worse. So train your men and yourselves. That’s what wins battles!”
Commodore Arleigh Burke
Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY THREE
LITTLE BEAVER SQUADRON
From Admiral John C. Harvey
Commander Fleet Forces Command
Personnel Serial 05
Friday, July 16, 2010
It is THE CREW, led by the officers and Chief Petty Officers, who must ultimately accomplish the command's mission. THE CREW is where "the keel meets the water." Without a top performing crew, no command can be successful.
COs of superior commands are particularly adept at molding their crew into a highly unified, spirited, fighting team with a laser-like focus: accomplishing the command's mission. When asked, these crews can not only clearly describe the command's philosophy and goals, but they also voice wholehearted support of the CO and his approach. Because the CO, XO, officers, and Chief Petty Officers frequently explain what they want done and why, THE CREW knows what is expected of them and feels a part of the team. The result is enthusiasm, motivation, and pride in the command. These crews often praise their CO with the ultimate accolade: "I'd go to war with him."
In average commands, THE CREW may not be sure of the command's philosophy or may withhold their total support of it.
THE CREW in superior commands also live up to the high standards demanded by their officers and Chief Petty Officers. They know that when they succeed, they will be recognized and rewarded; equally well, they know that when they make mistakes, they will be told and corrective action taken. Their commitment to upholding the command's standards generates a strong sense of responsibility for their individual work areas. They act on the principle that if you're going to do something, then do it right, and do it right the first time.
Crew members of superior commands realize that success depends on a team effort. They don't act or do their jobs in disregard of the rest of the command. They communicate frequently, coordinate activities, and help each other out when necessary. In addition, they are careful about following the chain of command. They know that violating it disrupts teamwork, creates confusion, hurts morale, and hinders leadership.
From COMMAND EXCELLENCE.
Also see Admiral John Harvey, Commander Fleet Forces Command message on his BLOG.
The Command Excellence approach is all well-documented and taught at the Command Leadership Course for PCO/PXO and CMC Schools.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Soon you are a participant in these infractions. "After all," you say, "Everybody's doing it."
All too soon you find yourself trapped. You no longer can stand on a favorite principle because you have strayed from it.
Finding no way out, you begin to rationalize, and then you are hooked.
The important fact is, the men who travel the path outlined above have misused the very basic quality and characteristic expected of a professional military man, or any other professional man for that matter.
They have compromised their integrity.
PLEASE DON'T COMPROMISE YOURS!!
Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, VOICES OF NAVAL LEADERSHIP
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
She assumed command of Naval Engineering Command Pacific on 9 July 2010. She is a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This officer and our relationship meant a great deal to me. I didn't realize that this officer was never IN the relationship. Is my bitterness showing? Sadly, yes. But, I'll get over it.
Monday, July 12, 2010
“PowerPoint makes us stupid.”
General James N. Mattis
U.S. Marine Corps
Commander, Joint Forces Command
On his way to be Commander, Central Command
Power Point Ranger
(To the tune of "The Green Berets")
Requests are made, from day to day,
Briefings held, and changes made.
Graphics slides, a must they say,
and PowerPoint is the only way.
Computers crash, and printers stall,
Network's down and soldiers cry,
Briefing's late so heads will fly.
Pin PowerPoint Slides upon my chest,
Full-color slides, they look the best.
One Hundred Slides were made that day,
But only 3 were ever displayed.
A smile came on the General's face,
Slides were done and looked just great!
T'was up all night, worked really late,
Just to hear, the General state:
My soldier son, your slides were great,
Briefing's done, slides up to date.
One problem son, the color's wrong,
One more chance, or you go home.
Pin PowerPoint Slides on my chest.
One hundred slides were made that day,
But only 3 were ever displayed.
Find out more about PowerPoint misery at http://www.nbc-links.com/powerpoint.html
Sunday, July 11, 2010
J. S. McFarland
Commander, Naval Security Group Command
Saturday, July 10, 2010
• Information Warfare
• Information Operations
• Information Technology"
The full RAND Report is HERE.
The selection of Distinguished Black Engineer of the Year 2010 - Captain Willie Metts and Captain Jan E. Tighe (PhD) is directly related to "Requirements for Flag Officer Expertise Today and in the Future".
Friday, July 9, 2010
|(Left to right) Capt. James Hagy, outgoing commanding officer; Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command; and Capt. Jeffrey Cole, incoming commanding officer, at change of command at Navy Information Operations Command, Hawaii. U.S. Navy photo by Marion Bedingfield|
Captain Jeffrey Cole relieved Captain James Hagy as commanding officer of Navy Information Operations Command, Hawaii during a change of command ceremony at Kunia, Hawaii on July 9, 2010.
From July 2008 to July 2010, Hagy’s leadership and management at NIOC Hawaii were crucial in the delivery of cryptologic support to various government organizations and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet, was guest speaker for the ceremony. “It is truly a pleasure to be here as we celebrate the success of NIOC Hawaii under Captain Hagy and usher in a new era of growth for NIOC Hawaii under Captain Cole,” McCullough said.
As the second commanding officer of NIOC Hawaii, Hagy was instrumental in influencing and shaping the future of the Information Dominance Corp (IDC) and FLTCYBERCOM/C10F. McCullough spoke about the vision, purpose and significance of the IDC, explaining that the exponential growth in computing and communications has transformed the information environment from an enabling medium to a core element of war-fighting capability. “This is truly an information age and information is warfare,” McCullough remarked.
During the change of command ceremony, McCullough presented Hagy with the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as commanding officer, NIOC Hawaii, from July 2008 to July 2010. Hagy will report to Commander, Pacific Fleet, as department director for intelligence and information operations.
Cole came from Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command where he was the assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence and information operations. He will lead NIOC’s 1,500 plus Sailors and civilians who primarily operate in building nine on Schofield Barracks, building 324 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
"Mike, you don't have a speaking part, so keep your mouth shut."
He never had to repeat himself.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Sadly, this report from Fleet Forces Command:
Capt. Cate Mueller, a spokeswoman for Fleet Forces Command, said "Balisle's report didn't tell the Navy anything it didn't already know."
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
July 07, 2010
Flag Officer Assignments
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced today the following assignments:
Capt. Willie L. Metts, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director of intelligence, J2, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Md. Metts is currently serving as the division director, information and intelligence operations, PERS 47, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tenn.
Capt. Jan E. Tighe, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy director of operations, J3, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Md. Tighe is currently serving as the executive assistant to the director, National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The information below is from his FaceBook site-maintained by his family. Click on his gravestone (to the left) to go to his FaceBook page.
CTT1 (Cryptologic Technician, Technical, First Class) Steven P. Daugherty, born in Apple Valley, California, was killed in action July 6, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq, by an improvised explosive device. He was once student of the month at Barstow High School and made the honor roll at Barstow Community College. After graduating with an associate's degree in liberal studies, Steven enlisted in the Navy, where he worked with elite Navy SEAL teams, providing critical intelligence support to troops on the ground.
On that fateful day in July, Steven and his team were returning from a highly sensitive Joint Task Force operation in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, when their vehicle struck an IED, killing him and the two other members of his unit. According to the National Security Agency, it turned out that the work he and his team performed earlier that day played a decisive role in thwarting a dangerous group of insurgents trying to kill U.S. and Coalition forces. Today, across from our nation's Capitol, Steven rests in peace in the sacred ground of Arlington National Cemetery.
Steven was respected by his peers as a professional and dedicated cryptologic technician, and his work was vital to the success of important combat missions. He was a decorated Sailor, having been awarded a Bronze Star (with combat "V"), Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon and other medals and commendations. His name is inscribed on National Security Agency's Memorial Wall, "They Served in Silence." Steven is only the second recipient of the National Intelligence Medal for Valor.
Steven was a loving 28-year-old father to an adoring 5-year-old son. A loyal brother to three fellow warfighters - two Airmen and one Soldier, Richard, Robert, and Kristine. And a faithful son to his parents, Thomas and Lydia.
Most of all, Steven P. Daugherty was a patriot who gave the full measure of devotion defending America's freedom.
In naming this important building to honor the sacrifice of Steven P. Daugherty, the Navy dedicates to him the latest addition to the nation's premiere Joint Warfare Assessment Laboratory at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. The Daugherty Memorial Assessment Center will stand as an ever-present reminder of Steven -- and to every Sailor, Marine, Soldier, and Airman who has given their life in defense of this country. This dedication also commemorates the groundbreaking work NSWC Corona is doing to support the Joint IED Defeat Organization in its mission to combat the threat of IEDs against our Armed Forces.
In addition to supporting needed counter-IED efforts, the Daugherty Memorial Assessment Center greatly enhances NSWC Corona’s ability to support key national missions. With it, NSWC Corona can provide Strike Group interoperability assessment needed to certify ships for deployment; provide critical flight analysis for all Navy surface missile systems; provide performance assessment of Aegis and Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ships throughout their entire lifecycle; and finally, NSWC Corona can centralize, process, and distribute the Navy's combat and weapon system data on one of the largest classified networks in the Department of Defense.
The Daugherty Memorial Assessment Center is a state-of-the-art analysis and assessment asset that gives the nation extensive capability to protect our Armed Forces, our country, and our freedom.
"Yes, our command has a strategic plan. It's called 'you can keep your plan, we are busy performing the Navy's mission'."
"That's my plan and I'm sticking to it."
Corrected on request 7/6/10.
Monday, July 5, 2010
This is CWO4 Bryan Holland, one of the best CWOs in the Navy today.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
"For in this modern world, the instruments of warfare are not solely for waging war. Far more importantly, they are the means for controlling peace. Naval officers must therefore understand not only how to fight a war, but how to use the tremendous power which they operate to sustain a world of liberty and justice, without unleashing the powerful instruments of destruction and chaos that they have at their command."
Admiral Arleigh Burke
CNO, 1 August 1961, Change of command address at Annapolis, MD
Friday, July 2, 2010
Junior officers know that the command tone is set by the senior officers and they follow the tone set by their superiors. If the senior officers are formal, the wardroom respects that formality. If the senior officers prefer a more jovial atmosphere, junior officers go along.
Junior officers in top commands recognize that it is the CO's command and do what they can to represent the CO's interests as completely as possible both inside and outside the command.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Captain Kiestler failed to ensure critical maintenance work was being performed according to procedure and loss of situational awareness with respect to the status of ongoing submarine projects.
Considering the state of Navy materiel readiness these days, we should expect to see more of this.