Navy doctrine states that “Command is the authoritative act of making decisions and ordering action; control is the act of monitoring and influencing this action.”1 Admiral John C. Harvey, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, put that definition into perspective when he stated in 2010, “Decision-making and directing action (command) only achieves the desired outcome if there is a properly functioning feedback loop (control). We have occasionally disassociated command from control with often devastating effects that are difficult to recover from, even over a long period of time.”2 Commanding officers (COs) are able to lead men and women under their command by direct contact, but there is an apparent disconnect between leadership of the institution and the ability to deliver transformational change through technology. The use of new technology often leads to the micromanagement of operational situations and prevents leadership development.
The U.S. Navy's Leading Edge
Technology should serve sailors, not micromanage them.
By Lieutenant Kermit E. Jones, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy