Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to conduct a 360 degree assessment

There is a certain appeal with being the "big idea" guy.  You dream up great plans, working out everything in your head, and if ONLY you had the time, resources and people, you could make it all work.  Even better, if you do get the chance to try an idea out and it fails, the blame normally shifts to the users...if only they were smarter/worked harder/etc.

I think 360 degree reviews are one of those big ideas that nobody sat down and tried to work out.  There is an allure with being able to give feedback to your boss when you normally exist in one of the most rank-conscious bureaucracies that exists.  That being said, most of us that have more than 2 years in the Navy realize very quickly how this can go horribly wrong.  Our bosses have immense power over us, and like most people we hold our tongues more often than not.

Working with Intelink, I've finally found a way to conduct a 360 degree review in an electronic way that is anonymous, easily replicated and controllable.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A book is coming!


Yes, I am writing a book.  It's about how to successfully travel in today's military.  I keep finding a lot of bad gouge passed down from leadership about how to travel.  Too many people talk about the "glory days" of paper travel claims and how much money they're going to make, as if the purpose of travel is to put money in Sailor's pockets.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Georgia's anti-military automobile laws

 For the most part I haven't run into a lot of anti-military bias in the U.S.  I've had credit card companies and colleges flex to meet me halfway when I'm deployed.  My home state of Michigan was even awesome enough to change my address and get me a new voters ballot in one email!  When I would read the Navy Times and hear about how judges had an anti-military bias, I couldn't really identify with them.

Until now.

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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zolt%C3%A1n_Dani

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:

https://www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/navy-information-dominance-outreach

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:

http://cimsec.org/beginners-naval-intelligence-reading-list/

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.