There are two phrases an intelligence officer wants never to have reason to say. The first is, “I was wrong.” The second is, “I told you so.” These days, a lot of current and former naval intelligence and information warfare professionals who served in the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community are saying the latter. Many of them are women.
Multiple incidents in the Naval Special Warfare community—including rape, murder, and drug abuse—caused Rear Admiral Collin Green, Naval Special Warfare commander, in July to declare, “We have a problem,” and order his subordinates to provide an assessment of the challenges they identified along with proposed solutions. A few weeks later, on 20 August, he issued a memo to all major commanders stating that a portion of the force was “ethically misaligned with our Culture,” and issued guidance detailing methods of intrusive leadership to get back on track.