At his Senate confirmation hearing to become the 77th Secretary of the Navy, retired Rear Admiral and Ambassador to Norway Kenneth Braithwaite would have made John McCain proud with some “straight talk.” The Ambassador was blunt: “It saddens me to say: the Department of the Navy is in troubled waters due to many factors, primarily the failings of leadership.”1
Ambassador Braithwaite then expressed his concerns with naval culture, promising to restore “good order and discipline,” and follow the watchwords of “honor, courage and commitment.” His testimony received praise from the Senate panel..
Now that he’s been confirmed, will Secretary Braithwaite follow up on his devastating commentary and lead as the single person responsible for the Department of the Navy? Or will he delegate too much responsibility instead of taking charge?
 Sam Lagrone, “Braithwaite to SASC: Navy Department in ‘Troubled Waters’ Due to Leadership Lapses, Tarnished Culture,” USNI News, 7 May 2020, https://news.usni.org/2020/05/07/braithwaite-to-sasc-navy-department-in-troubled-waters-due-to-leadership-lapses-tarnished-culture.