Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ash Carter to unveil DoD cyber strategy today

Five overarching strategic goals of DoD cyber strategy:
- development and maintenance of a cyber force.
- defense of DoD's network.
- cyber defense of the homeland. 
- development of a plan to control escalation during a conflict. 
- closer work with foreign allies in order to build up capacity in the digital realm.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I wonder if he meant to say this

Paul A. Strassmann, in the April issue of SIGNAL magazine, said - 

"The ultimate Defense Department cyber defenses will be found in a cadre of senior executives attracted to the conduct of cyber intelligence, which requires the application of technical aspects initiating cybercountermeasures."

You can read his entire article HERE.

I think it is more likely that the ultimate DoD cyber defenses will be found outside that cadre of senior executives.

Monday, April 20, 2015

For my friend Jim Murphy - the writer

"You’re a writer. An artist. You write about things that matter to you and I’m sure you hope those things will matter to others, but even if they don’t you’re still going to do the work. That’s what artists do. It’s remarkable. But it’s more than that. It’s audacious. You don’t need recognition and approval. We might want it, and from time to time we may even wonder why we’re not getting more of it, but we: Don’t. Need. It."
Bryan Hutchinson

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Incoming: Reading and Leading

Fletcher School Dean James Stavridis in SIGNAL Magazine.  You can read the article HERE.

"Once we understand how important reading is for leading, the next step of course is deciding what books to read. Here, the ultimate dilemma for any reader is apparent. There are an infinite number of books and an extremely finite number of hours to devote to actually reading. Where to start?"

I am ever hopeful that he will follow this new book with something about writing and leading.  Reading and writing go together more so than "reading and leading"; it follows that writing and leading are inextricably linked, also.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Quotable Stavridis

"Good leaders must be good communicators, 
and the hard work of writing is best sharpened on
 the whetstone of reading."

Friday, April 17, 2015


Unless you share it, your idea won't change anything.  Get involved.  More details HERE.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The courtesy of a reply

I've corresponded with some high profile, exceptionally busy professionals over my 30 year career in the Navy.  No one compares to Admiral (Dean) James Stavridis. You can see from his tweet above that he spent the morning hand signing diplomas and writing personal notes of congratulations to hundreds of Fletcher grads.  Who does that?  Men and women who GENUINELY care about the people around them, that's who! He's a rare breed. 

Admiral Stavridis is simply in a class all by himself. But there are some just outside his circle - Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, General Stanley McChrystal, VADM Dave Oliver, and LtGen Smith. Few leaders understand the OVERWHELMING power of a personal note. 

The flip side of the coin are those leaders who can't/won't/don't make the time for such things. One of the busiest men in the country has proven it can be done. He works his time like the instruments of the best symphony or the talents of the best ballet company in the world. He makes it look too simple.

So, a colleague was asking about when she might expect to get a response from a Flag officer regarding a letter she had written some months ago.  I couldn't remember what the protocol was but told her that as a former Flag Aide, 'my' Flag insisted that all correspondence receive a reply within 2 weeks (10 business days).  I went in search of a more precise answer and turned to the Secretary of the Navy Correspondence Manual which governs such things as much as they can be governed.

SECNAV Manual M-5216.5 March 2010 states: "Normally, correspondence should be answered within 10 working days or as prescribed by the immediate superior in command or by the tasking authority for the response."  The timeline tightens considerably when responding to Congress - only 5 days are allowed to reply.

Knowing the state of affairs in today's Flag offices, I am more inclined to tell my colleague not to hold her breath while awaiting a response. Breathe easy - the staff is working it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CNP acknowledges that 15 years of Sailor complaints about Navy Knowledge Online were valid

Vice Admiral Bill Moran (Navy Personnel boss) told the audience at the 2015 Sea Air Space Exposition at the National Harbor that Navy Knowledge Online stinks.  "We need to move completely off that system, but we need to capture it in a different way."

Fleet Lieutenants and first class petty officers will fix the mess.

Sailors everywhere are rejoicing.

DEF(x) DC - The Strength of The Idea

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) invites you to participate in the inaugural DEF[x] DC event. Taking lessons learned from the business and entrepreneurial communities, a group of military personnel have formed a dynamic community to develop the leaders required for 21st-century challenges. A select group of established and emerging leaders have teamed up with Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies near Chinatown to brainstorm bold new solutions to key policy issues in the defense arena. This year’s two headlining topics are “Talent Management” and “The Future of Strategy.”
Showcasing the keen insights of emerging leaders--both in and out of the military--you will be able to hear multiple TED talk-style conversations on these topics and participate in lively breakout sessions with the presenters and fellow attendees. An established defense leader will also take the stage to give the benefit of their perspective and at the days end you'll be invited to a complimentary post - conference reception.
Yet the purpose of this conference isn't limited to exchanging differing viewpoints, but to also find solutions, forge partnerships, and help develop skills that will foster a more innovative culture in the U.S. military. Throughout the day, during the hosted lunch, and at the post-conference reception attendees will have the unique chance to interact with a diverse group of practitioners and professionals from across services, industries, and backgrounds who all share a common passion and entrepreneurial spirit to tackle problems on a national scale.
We truly hope that you will join us in our endeavor to spur greater defense innovation and strengthen grassroots connections across the many communities, corporations, organizations, and agencies that operate at the intersection of policy and defense thinking. After all, it's the strength of the idea that matters most...not the title of the thinker.
Are you ready to share your thoughts?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ross Perot's 58 year old complaints about out-dated Navy Personnel System being acted upon

At this year's Sea Air Space Symposium, Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert said the Navy will begin tackling salient manning issues and modernizing the Navy's outdated personnel system (long regarded as the reason Ross Perot left the submarine force in 1957), maximizing career-long technical training, and moving away from year-group management.

All just in the nick of time.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Every Sailor is a leader ! (potentially)

Not really, but...

At the Center for Personal and Professional Development - "Where mind meets mission - every Sailor is a leader."

COs, XOs, Department Heads, Leaders at all levels,

Every Sailor is a leader or has the potential to lead. There should be no difference in the expectations we have of that E-1 as we do for that O-1. Why should we consider these brand new Sailors leaders? Because they are the future leaders of our Navy. Set the expectations early, and I’m betting they will grow into them. We should expect and encourage this of our junior Sailors. Today’s Navy requires a robust syllabus that leads to the development of Sailors. While we can train Sailors to be technically proficient, leadership potential should not be overlooked.

It must be continually honed and encouraged, regardless of paygrade and responsibilities. CPPD offers products and services to help Sailors toward this development. We conduct regular course reviews to ensure our training is relevant to the needs of the Fleet. We also provide educational resources to help them in this endeavor. Our goal is to provide Sailors with the right tools to lead with courage, respect and trust, (Note: I thought it was Honor, Courage and Commitment) and in so doing, nurture these budding future leaders. 

Captain F. A. Reid
Commanding Officer 
Center for Personal and Professional Development

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Every Sailor is a cyber warrior. NOT!

Captain John Gelinne, USN, (Retired) posits that every Sailor is a cyber warrior.  I don't think this is the case.  I don't even think that every Sailor is a sailor.  (At least not in the way every Marine is a rifleman).  We just don't train that way.  We seem to have lost the precision in our language.

You can read it HERE.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Quotable Quote

"You don't win a knife fight without swinging a knife."  

You can read the rest HERE.

Kevin Cooley, 
Executive Director and
Command Information Officer 
Fleet Cyber Command/10thFleet

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CYBER TALKS...lead to cyber ACTION !!

As we move from building to employing the Cyber Mission Force, considering the implications of U.S. Cyber Command becoming a Unified Combatant Commander, and visualizing a future where the Commander of USCYBERCOM may be a different individual than the Director of the National Security Agency, we continue to miss an important opportunity. While we talk about WHAT needs to be done and WHO needs to do it, we talk very little of the optimal culture that will allow us to realize our potential in this warfare domain. Are we "Warriors"? Are we "Geeks"? Are we "Hackers"? Are we all or none of those things? The opportunity to shape a culture and build something from the ground floor comes once in a career, at most. Let's think beyond WHO does WHAT and be deliberate about WHO we want to become and HOW we ensure it doesn't happen by accident.

Captain Sean R. Heritage is shaping part of the conversation
about cyber.  You can hear what he has to say HERE.