SAN FRANCISCO – Fellows from the Hoover Institute visited the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) for a ship tour and round-table discussion , Oct. 8.
Fellows met with Bonhomme Richard officers in the wardroom and discussed a variety of ideas about technological innovation and policy as they apply to the Navy.
The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University is a research institution and think tank on American public policy. The Hoover Institution’s mission is to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity, while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind.
“They shape the thinking of national leadership,” said Capt. Rich LeBron, commanding officer of Bonhomme Richard. “The thinking that happens at the Hoover Institution directly affects national policy and national security. These are incredibly smart folks and to have them come to the ship and to introduce them to our Sailors is a major catalyst of discussion and it demonstrates the incredible intellectual capacity we have on the ship.”
The meeting in the wardroom gave officers the opportunity to ask questions and gave the group a better understanding on subjects or ideas that they as Sailors might encounter in the future or were simply curious about.
“I was able to gain insight into some of the cutting edge technology issues that the Hoover Institute is grappling with; Issues from supply chain management to cybersecurity issues were discussed,” said Ensign Kim Do, the communications officer of Bonhomme Richard. “As a military, we often forget to incorporate innovative production and talent optimization, but Hoover Institute demonstrates an entity that researches and discusses important topics that affect the nation's greatest issues. They offer a valuable depth of knowledge and industrial perspective that allows for us as military members to re-think how we operate and to operate within the domains of the evolving policies.”
LeBron said his desire for the command is to do his best to extract the intellectual surplus onboard and give those Sailors an opportunity to communicate their ideas, and that is what the round-table allowed him to initiate.
“I think the discussion went great,” said LeBron. “We didn’t get any resolution on major world problems; we didn’t solve world hunger or anything like that, but we started the conversation. We exchanged the business cards, so to speak. We opened up the channels and now we have the opportunity for dialogue.”
Bonhomme Richard’s mission is to embark, deploy and land elements of the Marine landing force in amphibious assault operations by aircraft, amphibious vehicles or any combination of these methods, as well as provide humanitarian assistance.
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