The list of lessons I learned throughout my recent service as both the Under Secretary and Acting Secretary of the Navy, to include the incident on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), is long. During my tenure, I was a vocal proponent of building a culture of continuous learning in the Department of the Navy, so I tried not to be immune to my own advocacy of such a culture. As a fan of the former Late Show host David Letterman’s Top Ten lists, I have attempted to distill my lessons down to my own Top Ten. I hope young people who aspire to positions of leadership will find these particularly helpful.
Lessons Learned at the Helm of the Department of the Navy
By The Honorable Thomas B. Modly