The Fleet’s administrative lines of authority have become confused—but the reasons can be pinpointed and solutions are under way.
Fundamental to mission accomplishment is a commander’s ability to command and control assigned forces. Effective C2 enables prompt and unambiguous communication of the commander’s intent and direction to subordinates, so they may execute assigned missions and be held accountable for the results. Because a breakdown in C2 puts lives and mission at risk, its effectiveness must be a focus for every commander. When competing priorities overshadow that, commanders must make timely course corrections or risk mission failure.