The U.S. Navy's Greatest Enemy (And Its No Russia, China or North Korea)
A commander ordered to deploy with a ship or crew that isn’t ready doesn’t have many options but to set sail — and that’s unlikely to change even with new readiness assessments. Embedded in the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, in the words of Galrahn at the Information Dissemination blog, is a top-down “toxic ‘must do’” culture as opposed to a bottom-up “can do” culture.
Reforming these practices will help. But adding more tasks on top of the already-existing and exhausting workload which the United States requires of its sailors will still leave them worn out. Dialing back our demands on the Navy would be a start — and long overdue.