As America’s “away team,” the U.S. Navy is on watch around the world 24/7/365, ready to respond to adversaries seeking inroads against U.S. strategic interests. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has elevated Navy unit and individual sailor health protection as a key feature of combat readiness, while at the same time posing a major challenge to force generation. To meet these challenges during and immediately after the pandemic, the Navy should give ship commanding officers even greater authority across the man, train, equip, and operate spectrum than they currently have.
Enhance Commanding Officer Authority During the Pandemic
By Commander David Coles, U.S. Navy