Robert Work has been sworn in as the Deputy Defense Secretary under Chuck Hagel. I am hard pressed to imagine a worse pair leaders for our nation’s defense. Work, you’ll recall, was famous for his impassioned defense of the LCS. That alone would be bad enough but his zealous demonization of critics of the LCS is what really stood out. He stifled every legitimate criticism and ignored all negative data. He continued, and presumably still does, his defense of the LCS despite all evidence to the contrary that clearly indicates the program and concept was an utter failure. As if that isn’t bad enough, he authored an extensive history of the LCS program which is one of the most egregious rewrites of actual history that I’ve ever read. For example, in his history he claims that the Navy got the warship it wanted with the capabilities it wanted and at the price it wanted. Even the most ardent supporters of the LCS would shy away from that statement!
With that kind of history of ignoring reality and facts is that really the person we want in that position? He is not a man who encourages discussion or alternative viewpoints. This is the latest sad, sad decision in a seemingly endless series of bad decisions involving the military.