Working together with the resource sponsors in the Pentagon, Navy Personnel Command in Millington, the tactical experts at Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), the professionals at Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS), the training community on the various waterfronts, and the acquisition community in Washington, I will set clear standards of readiness for the fleet and provide the tools necessary to achieve them.
We must have high standards, we must not accept undue risk, and we must be forthright in ensuring everyone in the chain of command knows when our standards and our risk profile are not aligned. From the deckplates to my office, we all have a role to play in strengthening our Surface Force.
Throughout the rest of the year, I will be making my way out to the various waterfronts, putting on my coveralls, and walking your ships to see our Surface Warriors in action and look you in the eye and restate our priorities. Equally important though, I want to hear from you. I want to hear about systemic hurdles impeding you, your shipmates and your ships from being your best. I want to hear about well-intentioned administrative processes that have grown to burden and now only serve to burn precious man-hours. The days of effectiveness at the cost of long-term efficiency are over. I want to hear YOUR ideas about how we can make our readiness and certification systems more EFFECTIVE and more EFFICIENT.
Now is the time to think seriously about what it takes to be ready for conflict, to be more proficient, and to develop the mental toughness in the calm of peacetime that combat will draw upon in the future. This is my business, and I expect it to be yours, too.
Own the Fight,