"Harding the Cole"
(See J. Cushman, p. 2, January 2001 Proceedings)
Commander Randall G. Bowdish, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer, USS Simpson (FFG-56)-It is refreshing sometimes to hear commentary from outside the lifelines. A different perspective often can lead to new insight and subsequent improvement in the way the Navy does business. No such revelations will occur, however, from Lieutenant General Cushman's commentary. In fact, it will do more harm than good.
Lieutenant General Cushman bases his commentary on his years of commanding Army forces and the belief that the "preparedness" principles he developed over the course of his career "apply to ships and naval commands as well, and that they apply to the Cole." While it is questionable that this qualifies General Cushman as an expert on naval matters, the principles he articulates are indeed germane. I can assure you that these principles are in the forefront of every commanding officer's thoughts, not only prior to entering port, but at sea as well. A small-boat attack is something well within the scope of a commanding officer's imagination.