Every surface warfare officer should read the October 2017 “Comprehensive Review of Recent Surface Force Incidents.” Woven into its eight sections are lessons and action items, but also the frantic moments on the bridge of the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), when a group of stressed and tired sailors, from the commanding officer to the most junior member of the crew, tried to save their ship. The incident resulted in multiple losses: ten sailors, a ship of the line for more than a year, and more than $200 million in repair costs. Imagine these proud sailors, trying to regain control of this 10,000-ton vessel plowing through the water at 20 knots, in the dark, while a giant merchant ship looms off the beam, as they drive in front of it like a car cutting off a tractor trailer.
Design Systems That Work for People
By Captain John Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)