Saturday, September 15, 2012

Steering one's true course

Captain Mark Light, Profession U.S. Army War College
As standards of behavior for COs have been raised, so has the likelihood of violators being caught. In years past, allegations of wrongdoing often remained mere allegations, because words alone are generally not sufficient to indict anyone, let alone a commanding officer. However, e-mails, security cameras, cellphone cameras, electronic records of calls and texts, and “smart phones” with web access have changed the landscape dramatically. As Eyer points out, subordinates have a plethora of means to document and report perceived offenses of their skippers.

Furthermore, that same technology has made it increasingly difficult to deal with such transgressions quietly and privately; it is just as easy to post incriminating evidence on YouTube as to send it to the officer’s superior. Commanding officers who violate the trust bestowed on them can expect technology to allow them to be caught and held accountable, often in the public eye.

So why do some take the risk?
Read the rest of Captain Mark Light's paper THE NAVY'S MORAL COMPASS available from the U.S. Navy War College website HERE.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

What is implied in all this nothingness, is that Orwell’s Fiction, 1984, would appear to be a real part of today’s Navy. Be careful Commanding Officers big brother is watching.

Very Respectfully,