Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Theorists versus leaders
As a corps, the Information Dominance Corps must have its theorists, so must it have its practical leaders - men and women of vision like the theorists, but leaders who concentrate more on action than on agreed principles.
Such leaders are emerging from the shadows. These are the men and women who realize that the IDC will require an altogether different kind of functional organization and a very different approach to training and education if the IDC is to realize its full potential.
A brief note from the past...such a leader from earlier in the Navy's history saw his place in it and wrote the President of the United States and expressed his ideas with clarity and sincerity. At the time, his letter was a serious breach of propriety, as it would be today. But then as now, the Lieutenant, having understood the gravity of his ideas - he took action and changed the Navy's course. Where are such leaders today? That we must all answer for ourselves. They exist, I am sure of it. We must do as VADM Jack Dorsett has instructed, "Let's stop spending time admiring the problems and use our time to solve them."