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Jul 9, 2019 | Rants
The Need For an Activist
Yesterday the Navy’s nominee for Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Bill Moran, “decided” to retire.
He did not want to subject himself to a nomination process that would highlight the fact he communicated with a former staffer “who had, while in uniform, been investigated and held accountable over allegations of inappropriate behavior.”
The communication crime? He exchanged emails with a former officer who, 3 years ago, got drunk and stupid at a party.
Huh? Unfortunately, here is the sorry message the Navy just sent to its junior officers:
1. Be great
2. But you’re only as good as your next mistake
3. And if you make that “mistake” at any point in your career, you’re out
4. What constitutes a “mistake” is very subjective and determined by unknown people at anytime
5. But don’t hide in a closet, either because then you can’t be great
The ultimate Catch-22.
In the meantime the Navy has crashed 3 ships in 12 months and screwed up BILLIONS of dollars of procurement / weapons programs and has a serious officer retention problem.
Bill Ackman, where are you?
The Navy needs an Activist Shareholder… or, at least some leadership.