The U.S. Navy is living through another turbulent period—decreasing budgets, personnel drawdowns, scandals involving our most senior leaders, and the proliferation of sophisticated weapons. In the midst of the tumult, innovative changes are under way to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Deployment schedules are being rearranged. Waiver requests and reinvention laboratories are allowing us to examine, then remove, self-imposed Work impediments. Women are working side by side with men on combatant ships. Ratings continue to be disestablished or merged in response to technological advances.
Unshackling the Command Chain
By Lieutenant (j.g.) Michael Parry, USN
The chain of command and its by-products—restricted information flow and overcentralized decision making—are anachronisms of a bygone era. In today's rapidly changing, information-rich world, if we are to avoid organizational disintegration or a major defeat on the battlefield, we must create organizational forms better suited to the new realities.