As it enters a new age of information technology, the Navy must have a strong, committed information czar—a modern Admiral Hyman Rickover.
The bus ride seemed longer than the usual one-hour drive from Annapolis to Washington. I knew how to navigate the streets of the District to end up at my favorite weekend establishment in Georgetown, but that day we were headed to Crystal City. I looked out of the half-frozen bus window to see concrete buildings that seemed to be connected, with no sign of grass or trees. We were guided up the elevator and placed in a small sitting room. The interview process was about to begin.
I was about to join the ranks of hundreds of former midshipmen and have an interview with Admiral Hyman Rickover. It was 1980, and I was a proud member of the first U.S. Naval Academy class with female midshipman-a class that did not have enough nuclear power volunteers. Thus, a few hundred of us were selected as "involuntary" candidates, and though I had my heart set on going to Pensacola for flight school, my destiny now was in the hands of the famous father of the nuclear Navy.