Monday, April 30, 2012

We must do

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For more on the "Coalition of the Doing", go HERE.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Good Reputation - easily lost

The recent Secret Service scandal highlights the far-reaching and lasting negative impact of bad behavior by a few individuals on the reputation of an entire organization.   

All Sailors are stewards of the Navy's reputation.  We need to guard it closely by behaving in a manner which upholds the reputation of a great service. 

Every officer, Chief or Sailor who fails to guard that reputation impugns us all as well as bringing discredit upon himself.  We don't need a new rule, a new program or chaperones to get us to behave.  We know what must be done and we must do it for the good of our service, for the good of our Shipmates and for our own good.

When the man that you are entrusted to give your life to save his makes fun of you, you know you are done.  Honorable men of the Secret Service have lost their lives for the President.  The recent Secret Service behavior stains that memory.  We must be mindful of that. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Commander's Responsibility

A commander's responsibility remains absolute, and that commander must, and will, be held accountable for the safety, well-being, and efficiency of his command. This accountability may be exacted in various ways. In some cases, commanders may be called to account in a court of law . . . in all cases, they will be judged by their professional peers - those who have been subjected to, and exalted by, the same stringent requirements of command. Our country, and every Navy man and woman serving at sea or ashore, has the absolute right to expect that our commanding officers will be the finest, and the most responsible, we can provide. I intend to make it so. 

Admiral James D. Watkins, U.S. Navy

Friday, April 27, 2012

Godly, honest men

"A few honest men are better than numbers. 
If you choose godly, honest men to be captains of ships, 
honest Sailors will follow them."

Oliver Cromwell - paraphrased

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Good news - bad news

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." 

Michael Altshuler

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Junior Information Warfare Officer Detailer

Lieutenant Commander Mark Ratkus and Lieutenant Commander Brian Harding completed their turnover as the Junior Information Warfare Officer Detailer effective yesterday, 24 April 2012. For Junior Officer IW Detailing issues or concerns please contact LCDR Brian Harding at his Navy e-mail address.  The phone number remains the same.

Please check out the IW Detailers' page at NPC HERE.
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presents Rear Admiral Willie Metts with a Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Stars and Stripes Dinner award. RDML Metts was one of only seven nominees to receive an award for significant military or federal service accomplishments.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Navy Believes. . .

in putting a man in a position with a job to do, and let him do it – [and] give him hell if he does not perform . . . We . . . capitalize on the capabilities of our individual people rather than . . . make automatons [out] of them. This builds the essential pride of service and sense of accomplishment. [And] if it results in a certain amount of cockiness, I am [all] for it.”

Admiral Arleigh Burke

Monday, April 23, 2012

You Must Stand Alone

"At every university and company in America, there is a focus on teamwork, consensus building, and collaboration. Yet, make no mistake, the time will come when you must stand alone in making a difficult, unpopular decision. Or when you must challenge the opinion of superiors or tell them you can’t get the job done with the time and resources available – a difficult charge in an organization built upon a “can do” ethos. Or a time when you know what superiors are telling the press, or the Congress, or the American people is inaccurate. There will be moments when your entire career is at risk. What will you do? What will you do?"

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Center for Information Dominance (CID)

CID is the Navy's Learning Center that leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint force training in information operations, information technology, cryptology and intelligence. With a staff of nearly 1,300 military, civilian and contracted staff members.

CID oversees the development and administration of more than 168 courses at four commands, two detachments and 14 learning sites throughout the United States and in Japan. CID provides training for approximately 24,000 members of the U.S. Armed Services and allied forces each year.

Captain Susan K. Cerovsky is the CID Commanding Officer.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Captain John Post speaks to the Aiken Georgia Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

The monthly meeting of the Aiken (Georgia) Military Officers Association of America featured a special local guest Thursday night - Captain John C. Post, USN, Commanding Officer, Navy Information Operations Command - Georgia.

Post most recently served as the director of cyber warfare under the deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance. But, in speaking to the retired officers, Post talked about what his sailors at Fort Gordon, who are in the intelligence/information field and assist with planning and defense support, do in this new age.

"Sometimes when you think warfare, you think kinetic, but with the information age, you have to think non-kinetic," Post said. "I think the Navy has placed an emphasis on understanding the information age and pooling all of the sources together so that the commander can make faster decisions."

Along with speaking about the Navy's approach to new-age technology, Post also displayed a new Information Dominance Warfare pin. Similar to aviation and sea warfare pins, the new insignia as described by the Navy's website, "is a 2-inch by 1-inch, gold matte metal pin showing a background of ocean waves, a crossed naval officer's sword and lightning bolt with a fouled anchor and globe."

Post also told the room of roughly 40 about the other duties his sailors perform, such as funeral duty covering 30 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, which they volunteer to do on their off-time.

"It just amazes me that they can work a full day and still have the capacity to serve outside (of their normal duties)," Post said.

Read more: Navy captain talks intelligence, defense | Aiken Standard
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Writing to Your New Commanding Officer

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” may be a cliché, but you should keep this in mind when you sit down to write a letter of introduction to your new commanding officer. It’s not rocket science, but it does require some thought and attention to detail. 

Your goal is to briefly introduce yourself, provide relevant contact information, fill the command in on any special personal issues that impact your immediate future, and give a sense of cheerful eagerness to get on with your new job. The letter will be read by your commanding officer (CO), executive officer (XO), and department head. Very likely, it will also make its way to your sponsor and the officer you will be relieving. Keep this in mind as you draft your letter; there are some rather infamous examples of poorly written letters of introduction floating around the fleet.
Below are a few tips on drafting your letter:
  • Be brief and to the point without being cold. It is okay to let some of your personality to shine through, but don’t bother with a lot of frivolous personal details.
  • Formal modes of address are appropriate. Find out the name of your new CO and begin with “Dear Captain XXX.”
  • Don’t try to be funny--humor rarely translates well on paper, particularly in your first communication with your new commanding officer.
  • Include a full list of contact methods (including addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail) and your travel plans between now and when you report aboard.
  • Give some brief personal details such as where you grew up, your commissioning source, and the name of your wife and kids (if applicable).
The above list is not intended to intimidate; it is presented merely so you can avoid some of the pitfalls that previous junior officers have occasionally fallen into. If you keep it positive, to the point, and use the judgment that helped you earn your commission, your letter will serve you well.

From the United States Naval Institute's Naval Wiki HERE.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

VADM Ann Rondeau - President National Defense University retires

"We need more trailblazers, like Ann (Rondeau), in our Navy today," said Admiral Greenert. "We need Sailors who want to be a professional and a leader. Who seize opportunities, take action and produce results. Ann was one of those Sailors, who saw what change was needed and made change possible. She made our Navy and our nation proud throughout her service."

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Navy Makes A Major Push To Defend Its Cyberspace

Captain Bryan Lopez
Newly Formed Units Bring Computer Savvy To The Information War.

With reports of China and Russia trying to slip into the Pentagon’s information networks on a daily basis, U.S. security experts now rank the military threat from cyberspace just behind terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

In that atmosphere, the people whose domain has been the cubicle and the computer room are getting a chance to be recognized as “warriors,” on par with those who shoot guns and fly fighter jets.

Since 2010, the U.S. military has moved to erect barricades against attacks in cyberspace, including the creation of U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md., to lead the effort.

The Navy re-established the World War II-era 10th Fleet as its piece of the cyber effort in early 2010. A few months earlier, it took another step that may have far-reaching significance.

Naval leadership created an “information dominance” corps that is bucking for equal standing with the Navy’s traditional “war-fighters” — aviators, submariners and Sailors on surface ships.

It used to be that the Navy’s weather experts, computer operators, intelligence analysts and cryptologists — the service’s “geek squad,” some might say — were assigned to a windowless room in the middle of the ship or the back of the airplane.

Aside from securing military computer networks against hackers, exactly how the military’s forces are waging war in cyberspace remains hush-hush. But late last year, defense officials revealed to Congress that the Pentagon has the ability to go on the offense in cyberspace.

Just as aviators earn gold wings, these “cyber warriors” are eligible for a newly created insignia. They must study aspects of all the information-centric jobs in order to earn it. Hence, the idea of creating a “corps.”

While it may sound trivial, it’s a big deal in the tradition-heavy Navy. Sailors are proud of their surface warfare pins that show a ship with crossed swords. Submariners earn insignia that depicts a diving ship. The information dominance version bears a lightning bolt crossed with a sword.

As of last month, 4,647 naval officers and 1,612 enlisted Sailors have qualified for the new warfare pin, a Navy spokesman said. Roughly 12,000 Navy service members are assigned to 10th Fleet operations — most from the information dominance corps. They are spread out around the world, including at the Navy Information Operations Command San Diego at North Island Naval Air Station.

Separately, Navy personnel at a wide spectrum of commands do related work, such as intelligence officers on ships and meteorologists at aircraft squadrons. They, too, are considered part of the Navy’s information dominance corps.

Analysts say that U.S. military networks are being probed constantly, often by automated fishing programs, with varying degrees of success.

In the Navy, there’s been some elbow-throwing about the new information “dominators,” as some quipsters have dubbed them. A Navy Times cartoonist penned a caricature of the cyber pin wearing taped-together geek glasses.

Some analysts credit the Navy for carving out more of a career path for the information specialties. A plan to have senior-level people cross train — an intelligence officer serving in a job normally filled by someone with a cryptology background — should produce leaders with broader knowledge and help upward mobility and retention.

“Navy has been kind of the leader in thinking about how to do this thing,” said Lewis of CSIS.

Capt. Bryan Lopez has served 25 years in the Navy after starting as an enlisted cryptologist. Now he’s the executive officer at Point Loma’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.

He wears the information dominance pin, and he’s heard the criticism.

“There might be an opinion among the older generation: ‘You guys are looking for an excuse to justify yourselves.’ I would say that’s shortsighted. I would also say, you’re living in the past,” Lopez said. “I would say even people in my generation don’t have a good grip on the vulnerabilities and the potential ramifications of attacks that are happening today.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Note for Commanding Officers

"I expect this plan to be a priority for everyone and communicated at all levels, to help ensure we reach its objectives together."

Admiral Jonathan Greenert
Chief of Naval Operations

 Full Navigation Plan is HERE

What are you doing to make sure the CNO's plan is communicated to your Sailors??

Monday, April 16, 2012

Organized Bravery

I am an unabashed fan of the Information Dominance Corps leadership and here's why.

Much of the Navy's time is spent on Risk Management of all types (i.e., Liberty Risk, Operational Risk Management, Health Risk, Safety Risk, and the list goes on nearly without end.)

As Seth Godin has stated: "The purpose of the modern organization is to make it easy and natural and expected for people to take risks. To lean out of the boat. To be human."

In many Navy commands, the opposite is happening.  Risk is avoided at all costs.  Much time is spent avoiding that "one mistake" that takes you out of the promotion cycle.  Godin calls this "institutionalized cowardice"  Too many Sailors have the opportunity to say "that’s not my job.”  Don't be one of them.

What we are seeing more and more of in the IDC is that senior leadership is providing a platform for bravery instead. It's been awhile since the messenger has been shot.  Even VADM Card has taken the message to the CNO personally for the community.  The IDC is embracing new ideas every day and the best chance you have of getting your idea adopted is to share it.  Put it down on paper and send it up the chain - VFR direct, if you have that much courage.  I check with N2N6 and FCC/C10F regularly and I can tell you - the messengers are ALIVE and WELL and so are the thinkers and doers. 

Go ahead, your leadership has made it natural and easy - BE BRAVE - share those ideas.  Lean out of the boat.

General Patton's view of the 'staff officer'

The typical staff officer is a man past middle life, spare, wrinkled, intelligent, cold, noncommittal, with eyes like a codfish, polite in contact, but at the same time unresponsive, cool, calm and as damnably composed as a concrete post or plaster of Paris cast; a human petrification with a heart of feldspar and without charm or the friendly germ; minus bowels, passions or a sense of humor.

Happily they never reproduce and all of them finally go to hell.

Gen George S. Patton, Jr.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Remembering the shootdown of Deep Sea 129

Flight of Deep Sea 129

Beggar Shadow mission

At 07:00 local time of Tuesday, 15 April 1969, an EC-121M of the U.S. Navy's Fleet Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron One took off from Atsugi, on an intelligence-gathering reconnaissance mission.

The aircraft, Bureau number 135749, c/n 4316, bore the tail code "PR-21" and used the radio call sign Deep Sea 129. Aboard were 8 officers and 23 enlisted men under the command of LCDR James Overstreet. Nine of the crew, including one Marine were Naval Security Group cryptologic technicians (CTs) and linguists in Russian and Korean.

Deep Sea 129's assigned task was a routine Beggar Shadow signal intelligence (SIGINT) collection mission. Its flight profile northwest over the Sea of Japan took it to an area offshore of Musu Point, where the EC-121M would turn northeast toward the Soviet Union and orbit along a 120-nautical-mile (222 km) long elliptical track. These missions, while nominally under the command of Seventh Fleet and CINCPAC, were actually controlled operationally by the Naval Security Group detachment at NSF Kamiseya, Japan, under the direction of the National Security Agency.

LCDR Overstreet's orders included a prohibition from approaching closer than 50 nautical miles (90 km) to the North Korean coast. VQ-1 had flown the route and orbit for two years, and the mission had been graded as being of "minimal risk." During the first three months of 1969 nearly 200 similar missions had been flown by both Navy and U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft off North Korea's east coast without incident.

The mission was tracked by a series of security agencies within the Department of Defense that were pre-briefed on the mission, including land-based Air Force radars in Japan and South Korea. The USAF 6918th Security Squadron at Hakata Air Station, USAF 6988th Security Squadron at Yokota Air Base, and Detachment 1, 6922nd Security Wing at Osan Air Base monitored the North Korean reaction by intercepting its air defense search radar transmissions. The Army Security Agency communications interception station at Osan listened to North Korean air defense radio traffic, and the Naval Security Group at Kamiseya, which provided the seven of the nine CTs aboard Deep Sea 129, also intercepted Soviet Air Force search radars.

At 12:34 local time, roughly six hours into the mission, the Army Security Agency and radars in Korea detected the takeoff of two North Korean Air Force MiG-17s and tracked them, assuming that they were responding in some fashion to the mission of Deep Sea 129. In the meantime the EC-121 filed a scheduled activity report by radio on time at 13:00 and did not indicate anything out of the ordinary. 22 minutes later the radars lost the picture of the MiGs and did not reacquire it until 13:37, closing with Deep Sea 129 for a probable intercept.

The communications that this activity generated within the National Security network was monitored by the EC-121's parent unit, VQ-1, which at 13:44 sent Deep Sea 129 a "Condition 3" alert by radio, indicating it might be under attack. LCDR Overstreet acknowledged the warning and complied with procedures to abort the mission and return to base. At 13:47 the radar tracks of the MiGs merged with that of Deep Sea 129, which disappeared from the radar picture two minutes later.

At first none of the agencies were alarmed, since procedures also dictated that the EC-121 rapidly descend below radar coverage, and Overstreet had not transmitted that he was under attack. However when it did not reappear within ten minutes, VQ-1 requested a scramble of two Air Force Convair F-102A Delta Dart interceptors to provide combat air patrol for the EC-121.

By 14:20 the Army Security Agency post had become increasingly concerned. It first sent a FLASH message (a high priority intelligence message to be sent within six minutes) indicating that Deep Sea 129 had disappeared, and then at 14:44, an hour after the shoot-down, sent a CRITIC ("critical intelligence") message (the highest message priority, to be processed and sent within two minutes) to six addressees within the National Command Authority, including President Richard M. Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger.

A search and rescue effort was immediately launched by VQ-1 using aircraft of both the U.S. Air Force and Navy. The first response was by an Air Force Lockheed HC-130 Hercules, with a Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker tanker in support and an escort of fighters, but the search effort rapidly expanded to a total of 26 aircraft. At short notice, two U.S. Navy destroyers, USS Henry W. Tucker and USS Dale, sailed from Sasebo, Japan, on the afternoon of April 15 toward the area of last contact (41°2800N 131°3500E / 41.4666667°N 131.5833333°E), a position approximately 90 nautical miles (167 km) off the North Korean port of Ch'ŏngjin.

The first debris sighting occurred at 09:30 the next morning, 16 April, by a Navy VP-40 P-3B Orion aircraft. Two destroyers of the Soviet Navy #429 Kotlin Class and #580 Kashin Class were directed to the scene by the Navy aircraft. The Air Force HC-130 SAR aircraft, that relieved the P-3B, dropped the Soviet ships URC-10 survival radios and eventually made voice contact in the afternoon as the Soviet craft were departing. Both Soviet ships indicated they had recovered debris from the aircraft but had not found any indication of survivors. That evening Tucker arrived in the area and after midnight recovered part of the aircraft perforated with shrapnel damage.

At approximately noon of 17 April Tucker recovered the first of two crewmen's bodies, then rendezvoused with the Soviet destroyer Vdokhnovenny (D-429) and sent over her whaleboat. The Soviets turned over all of the debris they had collected. The bodies of Lt.j.g. Joseph R. Ribar and AT1 Richard E. Sweeney were taken to Japan but those of the other 29 crewmen were not recovered.

North Korea publicly announced that it had shot down the plane, claiming it had violated its territorial airspace. The U.S. government acknowledged that it was conducting a search for a missing aircraft but stated that it had explicit orders to remain at least 50 nautical miles (93 km) offshore. Of note, April 15 was the 57th birthday of the North Korean dictator Kim Il-Sung.


Those lost include:

Lcdr. James H. Overstreet,
Lt. John N. Dzema,
Lt. Dennis B. Gleason,
Lt. Peter P. Perrottey,
Lt. John H. Singer,
Lt. Robert F. Taylor,
Ltjg. Joseph R. Ribar,
Ltjg. Robert J. Sykora,
Ltjg. Norman E. Wilkerson,
ADRC Marshall H. McNamara,
CTC Frederick A. Randall,
CTC Richard E. Smith,
AT1 Richard E. Sweeney,
AT1 James Leroy Roach,
CT1 John H. Potts,
ADR1 Ballard F. Conners,
AT1 Stephen C. Chartier,
AT1 Bernie J. Colgin,
ADR2 Louis F. Balderman,
ATR2 Dennis J. Horrigan,
ATN2 Richard H. Kincaid,
ATR2 Timothy H. McNeil,
CT2 Stephen J. Tesmer,
ATN3 David M. Willis,
CT3 Philip D. Sundby,
AMS3 Richard T. Prindle,
CT3 John A. Miller,
AE3 LaVerne A. Greiner,
ATN3 Gene K. Graham,
CT3 Gary R. DuCharme,
SSGT Hugh M. Lynch,(US Marine Corps).

Navy Cyber Organization Realignment - From A Year Ago Today

From CNO message of 151633Z APR 11

Commander, Fleet Cyber Command, as the designated Commander of the Navy's Service Cryptologic Component, is responsible for the Man, Train and Equip functions of the Consolidated Cryptologic Program resourced cryptologic workforce.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

On the horizon - NIOC Whidbey Change of Command

On May 31, 2012 Captain Joseph Pugh will be relieved as Commanding Officer, Navy Information Operations Command Whidbey Island, Washington by Commander Peter Giangrasso.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Peter Munson, USMC on Disruptive Thinkers

Disruptive thinkers are not a threat to good order and discipline, nor to mission accomplishment. Disruptive non-thinkers, on the other hand, are. We are in for times far more challenging than most of our force can currently foresee. In order to find success, we will have to encourage disruptive thinking to spur innovation from the bottom up. This will never happen, however, if we do not get the coming transition right by empowering the right change leaders to think and act disruptively to change our organizational structure and culture from the top down.

Read his entire piece at Small Wars Journal HERE.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

BZ to these new Information Warfare Officer Captain Selectees



Well done, gentlemen.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

In case you missed I did

In a Change of Command ceremony rich in Navy tradition, Captain Kathryn M. Helms was relieved as Commander, National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Hawaii by Captain David Carson on 30 March 2012.  Captain Helms retired from the Navy.  She was previously the Senior Information Warfare Officer Detailer, CO of Navy Information Operations Command Denver and served on the Commander, SEVENTH Fleet staff embarked in USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) in Yokosuka Japan.

Fair winds and following seas !

A bit of advice for the Secretary of the Navy

LTjg Ray E. Mabus - USS LITTLE ROCK 1972

Trust Sailors and they will be true to you; 
treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.

Do otherwise at your own peril.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Medici Effect

The future lies with those individuals who can see connections across a myriad of professions and intellectual pursuits ((From Frans Johansson - When you step into an intersection of fields, disciplines, or cultures, you can combine existing concepts into a large number of extraordinary new ideas. The name I have given this phenomenon, the Medici Effect, comes from a remarkable burst of creativity in fifteenth-century Italy.)) 

The mind that can see that a phone and entertainment device can be intertwined into something like, say, an iPhone. Or, an intellect that recognizes how secondary and tertiary networks are often more valuable than first-order relationships, thus creating something like LinkedIn. Or the strategist who understands that crowdsourced, horizontally structured non-state actors pose a greater threat to our security than Nation states.

Read more from Lt. Benjamin Kohlmann over at SMALL WARS JOURNAL.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Disruptive Thinking

We need critical thinking that starts with new ideas and we need to develop those into innovative solutions that are researched and workable.  Just pointing out problems doesn’t get us anywhere.

So where do we go from here, whether we’re talking about disruptive thinking or contrarian ideas?

First, we need to know what we’re getting ourselves into.  

Second, we need to develop our ideas properly and do our homework.  This includes figuring out how to best introduce them.  Writing for professional journals is frequently a great way to launch innovative ideas and solutions.

Third, and finally, we need senior leaders who believe what they are preaching.  If we are going to “start thinking” what that really means is that leadership has to “start listening.”

Check out the rest of LCDR B.J Armstrong's blog post HERE at USNI.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Christ is RISEN

Leadership Secrets of Jesus Christ - Happy Easter

1. Jesus was a problem solver.
2. Jesus believed in his product.
3. Jesus never misrepresented His product.
4. Jesus went where the people were.
5. Jesus took time to rest.
6. Jesus took time to plan.
7. Jesus knew He did not have to close every sale.
8. Jesus had something others needed.
9. Jesus was concerned about people’s finances.
10. Jesus was willing to go where He had never been.
11. Jesus never allowed what others said about Him to changes His opinion of Himself.
12. Jesus understood timing and preparation.
13. Jesus developed a passion for His goals.
14. Jesus respected authority.
15. Jesus never discriminated.
16. Jesus offered incentives.
17. Jesus overcame the stigma of a questionable past.
18. Jesus never wasted time answering critics.
19. Jesus knew there was a right time and a wrong time to approach people.
20. Jesus educated those He mentored.
21. Jesus refused to be discouraged when others misjudged His motives.
22. Jesus refused to be bitter when others were disloyal or betrayed Him.
23. Jesus networked with people of all backgrounds.
24. Jesus resisted temptation.
25. Jesus made decisions that created a desired future instead of a desired present.
26. Jesus never judged people by their outward appearance.
27. Jesus recognized the law of redemption.
28. Jesus was a tomorrow thinker.
29. Jesus knew that money alone could not bring contentment.
30. Jesus knew the power of words and the power of silence.
31. Jesus knew when you want something you have never had,
you have to do something you have never done.
32. Jesus permitted others to correct their mistakes.
33. Jesus knew His worth.
34. Jesus never tried to succeed alone.
35. Jesus knew that money is anywhere you really want it to be.
36. Jesus set specific goals.
37. Jesus knew that every great achievement requires a willingness to begin small.
38. Jesus hurt when others hurt.
39. Jesus was not afraid to show His feelings.
40. Jesus knew the power of habit.
41. Jesus finished what He started.
42. Jesus was knowledgeable of scripture.
43. Jesus never hurried.
44. Jesus went where he was celebrated instead of where He was tolerated.
45. Jesus constantly consulted His heavenly father.
46. Jesus knew that prayer generates results.
47. Jesus rose early.
48. Jesus never felt He had to prove Himself to anyone.
49. Jesus avoided unnecessary confrontations.
50. Jesus delegated.
51. Jesus carefully guarded His personal schedule.
52. Jesus asked questions to accurately determine the needs and desires of others.

From - The Leadership Secrets of Jesus by Mike Murdock; published by Honor Books, Tulsa OK; 1996

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Thoughtful Note from a Mentor

What can be more important ?

"Mike, thanks for your continuing engagement on the vital issue of leadership -- at the end of the day, what can be more important to our Navy and our nation?"

Admiral James Stavridis

Friday, April 6, 2012

A Few Truisms

“Be honest in everything you say, write, and do.”
“Be good to your Sailors, and they will be good to you.”
“Forgiveness is easier to obtain than permission.”
“Keep everyone informed; when in doubt, coordinate.”
“Be the first to deliver bad news.”
“Bad news does not get any better with time.”
“If you are sitting at your desk, you are not leading your Sailors.”

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Purple Cows in the Information Warfare Community? You decide.

SHAMELESSLY STOLEN FROM SETH GODIN who, incidentally, loves to have his ideas stolen.

Cows (like NIOCs), after you've seen them for a while, can become a little boring. They may be well-bred cows (NIOCs), Six Sigma cows (NIOCs), DIRSUP cows (FIOCs) lit by a beautiful light, but they are still boring. A Purple Cow (NIOC), though: Now, that would really stand out. The essence of the Purple Cow -- the reason it would shine among a crowd of perfectly competent, even undeniably excellent cows (NIOCs)-- is that it would be remarkable. Something remarkable is worth talking about, worth paying attention to. Boring stuff quickly becomes invisible.

Why There Are So Few Purple Cows (NIOCs)

If being a Purple Cow (NIOC) is such an effective way to break through the clutter, why doesn't everyone do it? One reason is that people think the opposite of remarkable is "bad" or "poorly done." They're wrong. Not many companies sell things today that are flat-out lousy. Most sell things that are good enough. That's why the opposite of remarkable is "very good." Very good is an everyday occurrence, hardly worth mentioning -- certainly not the basis of breakthrough success. Are you making very good stuff? How fast can you stop?

Some people would like you to believe that there are too few great ideas, that their product or their industry or their command simply can't support a great idea. That, of course, is absolute nonsense. Another reason the Purple Cow is so rare is because people are so afraid.
If you're remarkable, then it's likely that some people won't like you. That's part of the definition of remarkable. Nobody gets unanimous praise -- ever. The best the timid can hope for is to be unnoticed. Criticism comes to those who stand out.

Playing it safe. Following the rules. They seem like the best ways to avoid failure. Alas, that pattern is awfully dangerous. The current marketing "rules" will ultimately lead to failure. In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is failing. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.

So it seems that we face two choices: Either be invisible, uncriticized, anonymous, and safe or take a chance at true greatness, uniqueness, and the Purple Cow. The point is simple, but it bears repeating: Boring always leads to failure. Boring is always the riskiest strategy.

Please note: No ordinary cows were harmed during the writing of this post. Though, some feelings were hurt once or twice.


Today, we see nano(micro)management, or the ability of a supervisor to closely monitor and control all actions of all subordinates throughout an organization. This raises three critical questions. Where did nano(micro)management originate? Why is it done? What are its costs?

Major T.S. Sowers' article is HERE.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

True 65 years ago; true today.

The greater the contraction of the Navy - the more important our DNC + Comm Intell become.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April is Navy Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Ensure Sailors understand:

• Sexual assault is a crime that will not be tolerated.
• The Department of the Navy is taking action to eliminate sexual assault from our ranks.
• The goal of this year’s SAAM campaign is to heighten awareness and prevention efforts.
• Eliminating sexual assault from our ranks is an all hands effort that is leadership driven.
• Leadership will support victims, hold offenders appropriately accountable, and ensure all parties receive due process of law.
• “Small,” negative behaviors, such as sexist comments and crude jokes, initiate a continuum of harm that encourages sexual harassment and sexual assault.
• Every member of the Navy-Marine Corps team is responsible for creating a command climate that is intolerant of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
• Successfully functioning and mission-ready commands are focused on trusted professional relationships that are respectful of individual dignity and diversity.

Help stop Sailor on Sailor crime !!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

"Anchor Up!" - Happy Birthday Navy Chiefs

"My fellow Chief Petty Officers,
On April 1st, our entire mess will pause to celebrate 119 years of the United States Chief Petty Officer, our honored mess traditions and heritage, and look to our future.

But we're not just celebrating another year of Chiefs serving the Navy; we're celebrating everything it means to be the Chief.

Our anchors are the symbol of a culture and a way of life. Since 1893, Chiefs have been charged with the responsibility of ensuring our Sailors are the best in the world, ready to carry out our Navy's mission when our nation calls.

We welcome that responsibility and lead by example with pride, character, and loyalty, a strong commitment to leadership, our core values, and the Navy ethos.

Our Navy is the best it has ever been and we must continue to build upon the strong legacy that our mess was founded on as we look toward our future.

2012 is a significant year for us all as the United States Navy Memorial hosts the 'Year of the Chief.'

The 'Year of the Chief' is a worldwide spotlight on the history and contributions of the Navy CPO mess.

The 'Year of the Chief' will officially be launched on our birthday with a kick-off event held April 2 at the Navy Memorial. For more information on the 'Year of the Chief', visit Navy Memorial's web page.
Happy birthday shipmates! I truly appreciate your leadership and the hard work you do every day.

Anchor up and HOOYAH Navy Chiefs!"

And for some shameless self-promotion - My article from PROCEEDINGS - "Anchor Up, Chiefs! - Reset Your Mess"