How the Twin Is Bent: Developing Young Bubble Heads for the Challenges of Command (See M. J. Dobbs, pp. 28-33, June 2007 Proceedings)
In the Primordial Deep, Embedded on a Submarine (See R. D. Kaplan, pp. 48-53, June 2007 Proceedings)
Commander John K. Hafner, U.S. Navv Reserve-The current dilemma the U.S. Navy faces concerning line officers lacking the necessary experience to successfully (and safely) move up to command at sea is not new, nor is it endemic to one community, as has been illustrated by recent articles in Proceedings lamenting the deterioration of basic seamanship and shiphandling skills in the Navy's officer corps.
Commander Dobbs briefly points out in his article that foreign navies have separate career paths for engineering officers and navigators/weaponeers; however, he fails to follow this up with any discussion or explanation as to why or how it works. In my opinion, this is the root of the problem. By trying to produce a well rounded jack-ofall-trades, we end up with an officer who is, quite literally, the master of none.