Sunday, January 25, 2015

Navy's Newest Commercials


Gotta hand it to Navy PR....I'm a big fan of the Navy's newest recruiting video.

Even better, there are a whole bunch of them!

Friday, January 23, 2015

How to improve team intelligence


Slashdot posted an intriguing article about teamwork and why some teams outperform others:

http://science.slashdot.org/story/15/01/19/0249200/why-some-teams-are-smarter-than-others

The original study is here:

http://www.chabris.com/Woolley2010a.pdf

The basic findings is that intelligence of any individual member doesn't make a team better nearly as much as three other factors:

1. The average social sensitivity of group members, i.e. how well group members could read the feelings of other members.

2. How often each member spoke. Groups where one or two members dominated were not as good as others where speaking turns were evenly distributed.

3. The proportion of females in the group.

This science, assuming it's valid, proves a lot of things that the Navy gets right, and should guide us on what we need to change to improve in the future.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sony Hack? NSA is not impressed.

I found the angriest picture to date of Admiral Rogers for this meme. At least three North Korean hackers suddenly grasped their throats and died after this stare.

UPDATE: You can make your own Angry Admiral Rogers memes here:
http://memegenerator.net/Admiral-Rogers-Death-Stare
More Admiral Rogers fan submissions are below. #nsaisnotimpressed #mikerogersisnotamused

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Navy Strategy Subspecialty and the Curse of Competence with Competing Requirements"


Navy Strategy Poster, from msc.navy.mil

The Navy released some further explanation of their Strategy Subspecialty:

http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/NAVADMINS/NAV2015/NAV15011.txt

If you remember, I noticed the addition over a month ago, and asked

4. Naval Strategy subspecialties are a start, but are they going to be required? Paid more? Used as intended? The Navy needs to get serious about subspecialties and employ people with that specialty in a place where they can use their knowledge.

I'm not a professor, but I was curious, so I found the curriculum at Naval Postgraduate School that would get you the 2301 Subspecialty.  You can view it here.