Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What Zoltan Dani can teach us

During the conflict in Yugoslavia, America used the latest and greatest of stealth technology, only to have an F-117 get shot down by an SA-3 unit commanded by Zoltan Dani.  His story is quite amazing, which you can get a snippet of on Wikipedia here:


What's more amazing is that Zoltan shot down the aircraft without a terribly advanced system.  There are a lot of lessons learned here:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

IDC collaboration site

The IDC has started a collaboration site on MilSuite. Check it out here:


I'd encourage all people, even non-IDC personnel, to check it out.

They had two articles of interest for me.  One discussed the Pacific Fleet Intelligence Federation, which I left a positive comment on since I'm working in it right now.

The other was EIDWS.  I'm not a huge fan of how I've seen EIDWS rolled out anywhere, since it does not resemble how the Navy does normal qualification processes, and the changes aren't good.  I left the following comment:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

An intelligent reading list

So one day I'm going to no kidding finish my recommended reading list and Navy awards list. But for now, CIMSEC has a great intelligence reading list that covers a huge period of warfare, and isn't just focused on WW2:


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Failure to select

 The O-4 results are out, and there are lots of high fives and "Good job, SIR!" going around for those selected.  But there are plenty of people that didn't select, and for many of them it was a punch in the gut. I'm not the only one saying it.  So for the folks that didn't select, what do you say?

Luckily, a fan of this blog sent me a letter that really summarizes it well.  I'm reprinting it here in its entirety, as there was no piece I could bring myself to cut out.  While it's Information Warfare centered, it's not hard to replace a few words and make it apply to any warfare area.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Recommendation letter recommendations

 Unless you are entirely unapproachable as a person, at some point in your career you'll be asked to write a letter of recommendation for one of your Sailors.  More than likely, you'll get asked to write a handful each year as a junior officer, and significantly more as a senior officer.  Sadly, the Navy gives no formal training on this, despite the fact that a good recommendation letter can significantly impact someone's career.

I didn't write the best recommendation letters as an ensign, but I got smarter by the time I pinned on O-3 and have done a lot better.  Out of the last two Sailors I wrote letters for, one got at least one of the scholarships he applied for and another got an appointment to Officer Candidate School, beating the abysmally low 16% selection rate this year.  Here are some pointers so that you don't make the same mistakes I did.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Your sea stories

Recently I stayed behind a bit after watch to help an Ensign work on her Intel PQS quals.  There is a section talking about cryptologic manning that I (having done that extensively in my last job) was probably the best person to talk to about.  So we spent almost an hour going through what was in her PQS as well as some extra in case her board dug a bit deeper.

As with many checkouts, lots of sea stories come up.  I talked about the challenges I had with various commands getting the right training, Sailors, money, etc. to the right spot for the Navy.  About 20 minutes into it I sort of realized that I had talked about all my wins, but neglected to talk about any failures I had.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Just sprinkle some technology on it!

Mobile computing is awesome.  I've used my cell phone to do all sorts of things, from banking and learning foreign languages to checking email and reading my latest news feed.  The MCPON is also looking to tap into this trend and has talked about getting a tablet for every Sailor:


If I had to pick how to roll out a massive tablet purchase, I'd do the following: