Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
|From: 20 Questions With John Kirby|
From The Pendulum: Doctrine Man HERE
1. Good to your family
Nobody succeeds at this business alone. We all need help. Take time to appreciate everything your family does to support you. They’ll never ask for your thanks, but they darn sure deserve it.
Don’t be afraid to question policies or programs. You have to be the sanity check. If it doesn’t make sense to you, you are going to have a hard time communicating it. Worse, it may be a bad policy.
Treat everyone you encounter as if they were at your grandmother’s dinner table.
Nothing about your job is personal, certainly not your relationships with media. You are always a spokesman … always. Be able to separate personal from professional issues.
5. Able to take two steps back
It’s all about context. Find ways to put things into perspective. That’s what we do.
We can’t afford to pass bad information … ever.
Reply to emails promptly. Get the phone before it rings three times. Make sure people know how to get hold of you at all times. Don’t be afraid to give out your home number.
Let people see you; let them know you are informed and interested in what they are doing. Stay ahead of issues, get out in front. Think strategically.
Ask lots of questions; be willing to learn no matter how long you have been at any command. Nobody cares how you did it before or how successful you once were. Listen.
People have to know they can trust you with information, both at the command and in the media. Know when to speak up and when not to. Be trustworthy.
Don’t try to fit someone’s mold. Be true to who you are and let that reflect in your work. A phony PAO can be spotted — and distrusted — a mile away.
12. Able to laugh
Sometimes your sense of humor will be all that gets you through. Take the work seriously, not yourself.
13. Physically Fit
You represent the military. Look the part. Workout regularly. Wear your uniform smartly.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Create an innovation task force. You can read about the SECNAV's plan HERE. A task force is a certain way to kill innovation. Is SECNAV unhappy with the progress of the CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell? Will the two groups be related? Work together? Surely they are already competing for scarce resources. Are they duplicating efforts?
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
"The compartmentalization of professional discussion is over. No longer will good ideas and fresh perspectives be restricted to a unit, post, or email chain. Today, chiefly due to the congruence of technology and the desire among a group of young field grades to have their voices heard, the institutional monologue has developed into a dialogue, with a variety of fresh, unique voices emerging above the fray. By consciously devoting themselves anew to the key tenets of reading, writing, and reflection, these officers and the Army (and I note, all the Services) are better for it."You can read it all HERE.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Commanding Officer, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay was unceremoniously removed from command for unspecified "misconduct" Wednesday amid a Naval Criminal Investigative Service Investigation.
Captain John Nettleton was fired by Rear Admiral Mary Jackson, head of Navy Region Southeast, "due to loss of confidence in Nettleton's ability to command," the region said in a press release.
Nettleton is a prior-enlisted Marine infantryman who was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in 1989. He has deployed aboard the carriers Theodore Roosevelt and Saratoga, and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He took command of the controversial naval station in June 2012. Nettleton did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday.
Nettleton is the first Navy commanding officer to be fired in 2015.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
While we wait for publication of Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet's new Strategic Plan, we can be certain that this will be included:
The value the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command team brings to Navy and Joint commanders moving forward will be measured based on our ability to:
- Operate the Navy network as a warfighting platform;
- Conduct tailored signals intelligence (SIGINT);
- Deliver warfighting effects;
- Create shared cyber situational awareness; and
- Establish and mature Navy’s Cyber Mission Forces.
You can read the latest from VADM Jan E. Tighe HERE.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
American Society of Naval Engineers
ASNE Day (will be held for 2 days), the annual meeting of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), and the Marine Machinery Association Spring Meeting will be held March 4-5, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.
Right now, VADM Jan E. Tighe is a confirmed speaker on March 5, 2015 from 1330-1500. She'll be talking about Cyber Security.
Monday, January 19, 2015
The CNO invites junior officers and enlisted Sailors to apply for the CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell for 2015. Applications are being accepted until Jan. 31.
Successful applicants will develop innovative technology or processes as part of the CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell, or CRIC, established in 2012 to take advantage of opportunities outside the Navy mainstream, empowering innovators with flag leadership advocacy and financial resources to develop prototypes that can be rapidly transitioned to the fleet.
Volunteers from a cross-section of Navy communities are sought to participate as a collateral duty without a geographic relocation or release from present duty assignment. This is an "additional duty" assignment.
Successful applicants will join a group of successful current CRIC members. For more information, join the CRIC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/navyCRIC, or via NMCI at https://www.nwdc.navy.mil/ncfi/CRIC/default.aspx. Application forms: https://www.nwdc.navy.mil/ncfi/cric/lists/application/newform.aspx .
NWDC POCs are Lt. Jackie Kvinsland (firstname.lastname@example.org, 757-341-4687) and Cameron Cooper (email@example.com, 757-341-4731).
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Navy is beginning to get serious about strategy - we're going to "strengthen the connective tissue" between education and billet assignments
LOTS OF GOOD NEWS IN THIS !!
In order to enhance our Navy's ability to develop and implement strategy and policy while strengthening the connective tissue between our education programs and strategy billet assignments, the CNO has created a Strategic Enterprise that will: --Ensure the focused development of Navy Strategy. --Align Navy Strategic Documents. --Establish informed linkages between strategy and our budget. --Coordinate and synchronize strategic messaging and engagement. --Create a culture of strategic thinking. --Develop a cadre of Navy strategists.
You can read the entire NAVADMIN HERE.
And, you must read this USNI article by Commander Michael Junge in the February 2012 issue of PROCEEDINGS - So Much Strategy, So Little Strategic Direction.