From the first day in the aviation pipeline, risk management is preached to Navy pilots and naval flight officers. It is part of every flight brief, reviewed during every safety stand down, and reinforced by every commanding officer. Today’s aircrews are inundated with safety requirements that, if not actively managed, may distract them from the overall goal: accomplishing the mission. Programs such as crew resource management, operational risk management, and threat and error management are designed as risk management tools but often become risk avoidance measures in practice.
“Excessive risk aversion can prevent accomplishment of the mission, as it may inhibit a force to assume the risks necessary.”
— Fredric Westerdahl, “Risk Aversion: As Perceived by U.S. and Swedish Officers,” 2011