Lessons Not Learned: The U.S. Navy's Status Quo Culture Prime – Collateralloan.co

Despite its reputation as the most impressive in the world, there is evidence that the US Navy is in trouble Inexpensive diesel submarines routinely beat US nuclear subs and those same diesel submarines have proven to be very dangerous to aircraft carriers Air force pilots from various countries frequently beat Navy pilots, whose weapons are often improperly tested US Carrier Strike Groups have to use Canadian ships as escorts because the US Navy doesn t have enough surface ships to protect its own capital ships The Up or Out promotion system, massive personnel turnover, inexperience and drug and alcohol abuse have taken a huge toll also, and made it difficult for the Navy to build cohesive, well trained combat units Lessons Not Learned offers a compelling, often scathing assessment of the Navy and concludes that it has a learning disability in certain areas that should be cause for national concern Author Thompson looks at indicators that suggest the Navy is mismanaged, overconfident, overweight, dependent, and plagued by systemic problems that many other navies have avoided Finally, he offers a firm argument for reform, improvement, and change so that the Navy can indeed be the best and not just the biggest About the Author Roger Thompson is a Fellow of the Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, a member of the Research Committee on Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution RCof the International Sociological Association, and an internationally recognized authority on combat motivation, military sociology, regular reserve total force issues, and military bureaucratic politics His previous book was Brown Shoes, Black Shoes and Felt Slippers Parochialism and the Evolution of the Post War US Navy