Someone is trying to insult your intelligence - and, it's not me.
Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early. He still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time. 2015 is 80th Anniversary of the Naval Security Group.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Overheard in the passageway
Someone is trying to insult your intelligence - and, it's not me.
Friday, January 30, 2009
History will be written at the right time
General Peter Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Optimizing Navy Information Warfare for MCS21
The Navy Information Operations force and its capabilities are an important means for the new Maritime Strategy to meet the challenges set forth by the CNO. The Navy’s Information Operations architecture requires modifications to optimize its role in the CNO’s new Maritime Strategy. For the new maritime strategy Navy Information Operations should be optimized at the theater strategic and operational levels of command/war.
To optimize Navy Information Operations to achieve the high expectations of the CNO, three areas require improvement: the organizational alignment, the development of a career force and finally the degree of integration and interoperability.
To ensure that Navy Information Operations are better positioned for the new Maritime Strategy, a new echelon two Information Operations command needs to be established.
With the organizational power that comes with this level of command will give the Information Operations establishment more leverage within the Navy and maybe more importantly within the Joint environment.
The Navy Information Operations Career Force is making slow progress. The benefits of a strong and dedicated force are apparent but the pace must increase in educating and training officers, with the focus on the art of Influence operations and Information Operations planning.
Finally, the capabilities of Navy Information Operations need to be releasable to our Allies, Partners and friends to the greatest extent possible. Their better understanding of our Information Operations capabilities will build stronger alliances and partnerships required for the new Maritime Strategy.
CDR Greg Haws' NCW Paper
Optimizing IO for the New Maritime Strategy
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Leadership Is Often Misunderstood
From an article in the April 2008 AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Rest your oars Shipmate
Mission of the Navy
The mission of the Department of the Navy is to develop, maintain, organize, train, and equip combat-ready Navy and Marine Corps forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas, both today and tomorrow.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Force Shaping - Some of You Must Go - Time To Figure Out Who the Performers Are
MCPON emphasized quality over quantity and said the time had come to determine who the performers are. ((Does this mean the Navy hasn't been doing this??)) He said that the Navy's end strength was close to the intended level (in other words "we have all the people we need") and that greater focus will now be on different means to ensure excellence across the CPO community.
"That means force shaping or molding at the senior enlisted level." ((Does this mean we need to get rid of some dead weight??))
MCPON said there are too many "hard chargers" not getting promoted ((Why aren't they getting promoted??) from the senior enlisted level down to the youngest petty officers, and that he expects opportunities for them to open up as the senior ranks thin from the top down.
Using Admiral Vern Clark's analogy of message/action alignment, I think we have misaligned what we are saying with what we actually want to say. Essentially, the economy is in a downturn, we are meeting our recruiting quota, we are keeping more 2nd and 3rd term Sailors - we have more Sailors, Chiefs and officers than we can keep or need. (Perform to Serve has been expanded for junior Sailors, there will be E7/8/9 continuation boards and TIR waivers are available so Commanders and Captains can go home a year earlier than previously allowed.)Time to cull the wheat from the chaff. Some of you are going to have to go home. Thank you for your service.
From NAVY NEWS www.navy.mil
A bit of older news from NPC said:
"Although the overriding element in the Force Shaping campaign is reduction, Force Shaping should not be misconstrued as downsizing. NPC does not want it to be looked at as the Navy becoming a smaller fleet, but as the Navy becoming a more efficient and effective fighting force. Downsizing means you are cutting people, you're cutting jobs and you're doing it for cost savings. What we are doing is determining the true requirement for work, creating a better and a broader opportunity for Sailors so that we can do our mission better, and there is a big difference there."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Optimizing Navy Information Warfare
"The Navy’s Information Warfare (IW) Community delivers overwhelming information superiority to naval and joint commanders. We do this by leading the integration and application of the core capabilities of Information Operations and Signals Intelligence to shape, influence, and defeat select audiences in support of commanders’ objectives. Our community applies signals and information expertise, and attacks, defends and exploits networks to pursue and capitalize on opponent vulnerabilities in the information environment."Prior to RADM Deets’ guidance, many wondered where the Navy IW Community was headed. Would it completely abandon its SIGINT roots in favor of the new warfare area of IO? This document clearly delineated that SIGINT, in conjunction with IO, would comprise the Information Warfare domain with Naval Network Warfare Command being the executive agent.
In today’s information age, Information Warfare has gained prominence as an effective means of waging war. From a service perspective, the Naval Network Warfare Command and specifically the Navy Information Warfare Community has been tasked to lead in providing manning, training, and equipment to make this form of warfare a reality.
While this relatively new requirement brings tremendous opportunity to the community, it has also presented many challenges. Specifically, effective Information Operations integration and a well-defined career path that provides officers with experience, education, and skill sets in both Signals Intelligence and Information Operations have evaded the community."
Click on the link below to read the rest of LCDR Chad Smith's, Sep 2008 NPS Thesis -
"OPTIMIZING NAVY INFORMATION WARFARE: A SYSTEMS ENGINEERING APPROACH"
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Command is a Sacred Trust
Command is a sacred trust. We surround the change of command with dignity and ceremony deliberately to dramatize the sacred meaning of military command. A commander is not just the person in the top block of the unit’s organizational chart. A new commander becomes a different person than he or she was prior to accepting command. Commanders are awarded a special trust and confidence to fulfill their units’ missions and care for their people with leadership, discipline, justice, fairness, and compassion, in peace and war. Therefore, we must select them with utmost scrutiny and care, and for the right reasons.
Commanders must be role models, leading by example as well as by authority and influence.
• Commanders must be open and accessible, but not “one of the gang.”General John Michael Loh
• Commanders must promote a positive vision and culture within the unit, and not look the other way to avoid having to face a difficult problem.
• Commanders must distinguish between mistakes and crimes, and deal with them differently.
• Commanders must apply discipline fairly and consistently across the board without regard for friendship, rank, or other discriminators.
• Commanders must avoid favoritism, nepotism, and cronyism in all their forms.
• Commanders must understand trust and loyalty to the entire unit, and not misplace them.
• And finally, commanders must understand when to administer discipline and compassion, and not get the two mixed up.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Navy Firings in 2008
“We’ve had a long-standing history and tradition of maintaining high standards, and holding people accountable. That said, you can’t always get it right and mistakes happen, or sometimes it’s just not a mistake of promoting or positioning the right individual. Sometimes situations change, and when it proves not to work, I think it is incumbent upon the service to take the corrective action.”
"The Navy demands more of its commanding officers, because “when a ship goes over the horizon, that ship and its crew [are] totally and completely dependent on the captain of the ship, and you damn well better have the utmost confidence in that individual.”
SECNAV Donald Winter
Thursday, January 22, 2009
A year ago, today - the final COMNAVSECGRU
RADM Edward H. Deets III, Vice Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
What Hyperconnected Leaders Are Doing
What they are doing:
- Developing service-driven visions and strategies that balance the needs of the hyperconnected with the increased effectiveness of the maritime enterprise. It’s no longer just about how work is done, but how command processes are organized and accelerated. Tools and solutions (including unified communications) currently exist that can increase the speed of a decision, use the Sailor’s time more wisely, and create new kinds of communications-imbedded products.
- Partnering with HR and NPC to develop a strategy for the ongoing war on talent. As Sailors transition from the Navy, it will find itself increasingly competing for talent. In a matter of years, up to 40% of the workforce could be “hyperconnected,” with many considering an enriched application and connectivity environment a condition for employment.
- Driving the organization to modify its personnel, detailing and community management policies and practices to support increased connectivity.
- Evolving their security regimes. Connectivity tools in the hands of Sailors may increase productivity, but they also increase the risk of releasing sensitive information to the outside world.
- Acknowledging and managing the technicalenvironment. It may be tempting to resist providing formal Navy support for new devices and applications because of the additional stress on thenetwork and the number of devices involved, but the genie is already out of the bottle. Navy networks may at first be tested and strained by hyperconnected Sailors.
- Working with their N6s as communication solution providers. Only with the help of trusted advisors will you be able to determine which solutions will be most appropriate for your particular situation at the moment. The N6 can bring you wisdom gleaned from other implementations and also help as a catalyst for organizational change in getting your IT department and operations on the same wavelength.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The Need To Be More Professional . . . Whatever That Means
We are, or should be, a “band of brothers,” united in the pursuit of a common body of professional knowledge and skill, together in our willingness to make the sacrifices necessary to adhere to exemplary standards of ethical conduct, and sharing the unlimited liability of the soldier’s contract.
But, in the final analysis, the strength to persevere in the pursuit of excellence must come from within each individual. Some may characterize their guiding principle by the familiar motto, “to thine own self be true”—the old shaving mirror test. Others may account for their perseverance as the results of a traditional prayer to a traditional God. In any case, serving and growing in a worthwhile cause should provide all the meaning and fulfillment to life for which a reasonable man can hope.
Colonel John W. Grace
United States Marine Corps
Monday, January 19, 2009
The Value of the IW Community
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Admiral Rickover and the Chief of the Boat
Much to my surprise and delight, Admiral Rickover was two totally different people, as I found when I was required by my Executive Officer to escort the Admiral below for his inspection of the USS Tecumseh (SSBN 628) during an Operational Reactor Safeguard Exam (ORSE). The Admiral and his inspection party came below through the after hatch, went through the Missile Compartment and by the Crews Mess, I announced “Attention on Deck’ as we entered the Missile Compartment and the Admiral said “ That is not necessary COB we have working Sailors here”. The CPO Quarters is adjacent to the Crew Mess and the Admiral told his inspection party to go to the Ward Room, he wanted to go in Chiefs Quarters. He knocked on the door before I could get to it and then removed his hat and entered, he asked if he could have this seat right next to the door, which he probably knew was my seat, I said “Yes Admiral, is there anything else I can get for you?” He said” No COB I’m fine for awhile”. He made all of us feel at ease almost instantaneously and begin asking the Chiefs questions, which were varied and friendly. He must have spent at least 15 minutes just asking questions and making comments, it was all quite relaxing and I was relieved that all the Chiefs presented the example they should. When Admiral Rickover was ready to leave Chiefs Quarters he said something about “Getting to the business he came for and that the Ward Room was probably having fits by now”. When I opened the door to let the Admiral exit Chiefs Quarters I looked down the passage way and saw the Executive Officer standing at the Wardroom door, and looking just a little anxious as I led the Admiral in that direction. The Executive Officer told me later that the Admiral was quite pleased with the Chiefs of the Tecumseh. That made me feel very good.
The inspection took more than a day and when Admiral Rickover prepared to depart the Tecumseh he said “COB can you give me your foul weather jacket you are about my size and with COB printed on the back people will pay more attention to me.” I gladly gave him my foul weather jacket and I never got it back, but that was alright too. We passed the ORSE with a good grade.
The Nuclear Powered Navy has a good record, they the got off to the right start with Admiral Rickover’s leadership, they have continued that record for well over half a century and I expect the record will continue to be excellent. I am not aware of the leadership that drives the program today, but I certainly hope that it remains to be filled with the topnotch people that have guided it in the past.
COB, USS Tecumseh
Saturday, January 17, 2009
10 Takeaways for Leaders
2. Leaders must insist that everyone speak out loud in front of the others, even -- or especially -- when there are vehement disagreements.
3. A leader must do the homework to master the fundamental ideas and concepts behind his policies. Leaders should not micromanage, but understanding the ramifications of his positions cannot be outsourced to anyone.
4. Leaders need to draw people out and make sure bad news makes it to the top.
5. Leaders need to foster a culture of skepticism and doubt.
6. Leaders get contradictory data, and they need a rigorous way to sort it out.
7. Leaders must tell the hard truth to their Sailors, even if that means delivering very bad news.
8. Righteous motives are not enough for effective command policy.
9. Leaders must insist on strategic thinking.
10. Leaders should embrace transparency. Some version of every truth will always make it out to the command -- and everyone will be better off if that version is as accurate as possible.
Taken from Bob Woodward's (Washington Post) "Ten Takeaways from the Bush Years"
Friday, January 16, 2009
Advocacy for Information Operations
by Lt Col James Pickle - 2006
Establish senior leader advocacy. The DoD is starting to see O-6 and O-7 advocacy at the joint and combatant command level. This is a great start. True advocacy, and thereby funding, must come from a senior Flag Officer/General Officer advocate at the Service level. The Services control the major portion of the DoD budget. Without three and four star support IO will limp along through the diligent efforts of iron majors/lieutenant commanders at the operational and tactical level but languish at the strategic level.
Strategic direction and advocacy is required for IO to improve and ease access. Since their creation just last year, the Board of Advisors is making strong forward progress. Identifying joint IO billets and the education requirements for the respective billets is next on the BoA activities. The final recommendation is ironic.
Use IO to improve IO. Current IO personnel don’t use IO to promote or advance IO. In fact to a certain extent IO is its own worse enemy. Many IO programs are compartmentalized and even basic IO documents are close held limiting visibility to the core of the military.
Without at least some visibility into the IO world why would a new officer want to be an IO warrior?
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Master of my Fate; Captain of my Soul
"Everything I know about Epictetus I've developed myself over the years. It's been a one-on-one relationship. He's been in combat with me, leg irons with me, spent month-long stretches in blindfolds with me, has been in the ropes with me, has taught me that my true business is maintaining control over my moral purpose, in fact that my moral purpose is who I am. He taught me that I am totally responsible for everything I do and say; and that it is I who decides on and controls my own destruction and own deliverance. Not even God will intercede if He sees me throwing my life away. He wants me to be autonomous. He put me in charge of me. "It matters not how straight the gate, how charged with punishment the scroll. "
Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale
"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."
Story about the VADM J.B. Stockdale Award winners here.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Trust - Personal Integrity
"We have history and tradition and military doctrine that affirm the values of personal integrity and sacrifice in service to others. We now have to use the system that we have in order to build the trust and to ensure the honesty that we need to make those values real and relevant at all levels in the organization."
Former Secretary of the Navy, John Dalton
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
No better example of leadership...
It would be difficult to imagine a better example of leadership, courage, and moral excellence than the example set by Vice Admiral James Stockdale. In contemporary jargon, Admiral Stockdale, not only talked the talk, but, more importantly, he walked the walk of a leader during his entire professional and personal life. The more one studies his life, and the more one reads his writings, the more one comes away with the conviction that Admiral Stockdale was the sort of man that comes along very seldom in life. He not only had a profound impact on his contemporaries, but he left behind a legacy that will influence generations to come.Secretary of the Navy, Donald Winter
Monday, January 12, 2009
Plenty of challenges for your energy
The naval profession has many dimensions, and they cannot be mastered all at one time. First things must come first, and a fundamental knowledge of the sea and ships must precede all else. Any young man embarking on a naval officer's career today can rest assured of two fundamental points: the Navy will be around in force for some time to come, and there will be plenty of challenge for his energies, no matter how great they are.THE NAVAL PROFESSION, RADM James Calvert
Sunday, January 11, 2009
A Great One Retired
The ceremony was a real tribute to Mark and his family. When there was a technical glitch with the sound system which precluded the playing of the National Anthem, Mark's good friend, Captain Mark Patton led the entire group of attendees in singing our National Anthem. Not a single person was shy about singing in praise of our great country - or Mark's service. Captain Mark Patton saved the day - as you would expect a leader of his calibre to do.
CONGRATULATIONS Captain Mark A. Wilson and family. Thank you for your unselfish service to the Navy and the Nation. He's almost all yours now Monique...except for his day job!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Look out for your people
Admiral Stansfield Turner
Friday, January 9, 2009
No prohibitions on blogs
From SECNAVINST 5720.47B
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Chief Petty Officers
- Leading Sailors and applying their skills to tasks that enable mission accomplishment for the U.S. Navy;
- Developing enlisted and junior officer Sailors;
- Communicating the core values, standards and information of the Navy that empower Sailors to be successful in all they attempt;
- Supporting with loyalty the endeavors of the chain of command they serve and their fellow Chief Petty Officers with whom they serve.
From an "Appreciative Inquiry" Session with Admiral Vern Clark and MCPON Jim Herdt in Dallas with the Navy's Fleet/Force/Command Master Chiefs and Chiefs of the Boat
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Overheard in the passageway
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Be honest. Tell the truth. Let people know where you stand. Use simple language. Call things what they are. Demonstrate integrity. Don’t manipulate people nor distort facts. Don’t spin the truth. Don’t leave false impressions.
Genuinely care for others. Show you care. Respect the dignity of every person and every role. Treat everyone with respect, especially those who can’t do anything for you. Show kindness in the little things. Don’t fake caring. Don’t attempt to be “efficient” with people.
Tell the truth in a way people can verify. Get real and genuine. Be open and authentic. Err on the side of disclosure. Operate on the premise of, “What you see is what you get.” Don’t have hidden agendas. Don’t hide information.
Make things right when you’re wrong. Apologize quickly. Make restitution where possible. Practice “service recoveries.” Demonstrate personal humility. Don’t cover things up. Don’t let personal pride get in the way of doing the right thing.
Give credit to others. Speak about people as if they were present. Represent others who aren’t there to speak for themselves. Don’t badmouth others behind their backs. Don’t disclose others’ private information.
Establish a track record of results. Get the right things done. Make things happen. Accomplish what you’re hired to do. Be on time and within budget. Don’t overpromise and underdeliver. Don’t make excuses for not delivering.
Continuously improve. Increase your capabilities. Be a constant learner. Develop feedback systems - both formal and informal. Act upon the feedback you receive. Thank people for feedback. Don’t consider yourself above feedback. Don’t assume your knowledge and skills will be sufficient for tomorrow’s challenges.
Take issues head on, even the “undiscussables.” Address the tough stuff directly. Acknowledge the unsaid. Lead out courageously in conversation. Don’t skirt the real issues. Don’t bury your head in the sand. Confront the reality, not the person.
Disclose and reveal expectations. Discuss them. Validate them. Renegotiate them if needed and possible. Don’t violate expectations. Don’t assume that expectations are clear or shared.
Hold yourself accountable. Hold others accountable. Take responsibility for results. Be clear on how you’ll communicate how you’re doing - and how others are doing. Don’t avoid or shirk responsibility. Don’t blame others or point fingers when things go wrong.
Listen before you speak. Understand. Diagnose. Listen with your ears... and your eyes and heart. Find out what the most important behaviors are to the people you’re working with. Don’t assume you know what matters most to others. Don’t presume you have all the answers - or all the questions.
Say what you’re going to do. Then do what you say you’re going to do. Make commitments carefully and keep them at all costs. Keep commitments the symbol of your honor. Don’t break confidences. Don’t attempt to “PR” your way out of a commitment you’ve broken.
Demonstrate a propensity to trust. Extend trust abundantly to those who have earned your trust. Extend trust conditionally to those who are earning your trust. Learn how to appropriately extend trust to others based on the situation, risk, and credibility of the people involved. Don’t withhold trust because there is risk involved.
Stephen R. Covey @ https://www.stephencovey.com/
Monday, January 5, 2009
Preparing OPNAV N2 for QDR 2010
The themes --
The Future Security Environment,-- are intended to stimulate dialog, thought and, hopefully, action in the QDR process.
Organizing for the Information Age,
Dominating the Information Environment,
Developing Profound Knowledge of the Adversary,
The 21st Century Workforce, and
Transforming Capability Acquisition
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Geo Washington's Leadership
Reward and punish every man according to his merit, without partiality or prejudice; hear his complaints; if well founded, redress them; if otherwise, discourage them, in order to prevent frivolous ones.
Discourage vice in every shape, and impress upon the mind of every man, from the first to the lowest, the importance of the cause, and what is it they are contending for.”
GEN George Washington
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Write Or Do Something Worth Writing About
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Retiring this year
Captain Stephanie HelmThe Information Warfare community and the Navy will miss their leadership.
Captain Robert Bergman
Captain Frank Caruso
Captain Cindy Widick
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Embracing Young Leaders - It Is Their Time
These young leaders are wise beyond their years; war has a way of doing that. We owe them our attention and our time; we owe them the opportunity to think and to speak.
We must inspire them to and reward them for speaking out. And, for our part, we must ensure that we truly listen.
We must learn to bring these lessons to the forefront of a system that is still too mired in peacetime procedures, and instead inspire a promotion and selection process that puts these young people and their ideas at the center of our universe.
I believe our future is tied, as it always must be, to the young people who are in the fight right now. (They are) hopeful but pragmatic, visionary but without illusion, staring straight into terrors of our time.
It is up to us, looking into the eyes of today’s young leaders, shaped by war; not merely to teach and to nurture – but to listen and learn, to consult and to cherish, as equals in a grand journey.
It is time to praise and raise those who have offered the best days of their young lives.
It is time to prepare them for their turn at the tiller of history.
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff