I believe! Say it with me, brothers. I believe!
I believe that simulators provide all the training I need and that chaos, shrapnel, smoke, power outages, and noise are just stories told to frighten the untrained. Say it, brothers. I believe!
I believe that GPS will be with me always, to comfort and guide me. Say it, brothers. I believe!
I believe that air superiority is my birthright. Let the Air Force bear witness. Say it, brothers. I believe!
I believe that minefields can be cleared through the Power of Point and True Belief. Wish with me, that we may pass untouched! Say it, brothers. I believe!
I believe that although I jam the heathen’s electronic systems, their jamming shall pass me by. Say it, brothers. I believe!
I believe that manufacturer’s claims are true and right. So sayeth Lockheed. So sayeth Raytheon. So say we all. Say it, brothers. I believe!
I believe that stoutness of heart will armor my ship. The purity of Aluminum will transcend damage. Steel is the Devil’s Material. Say it, brothers. I believe!
I believe that the Accountants of Optimal Manning will be my strength and my Damage Control. Praise be the Minimal Crew. Say it, brothers. I believe!
I believe that “F” is the Holy Letter and “35” is its Number. Long has my faith been tested as I have awaited its coming and though it be longer still till I shall see it serve, I remain steadfast in my belief. Say it, brothers. I believe!
Finally, and most importantly, I believe that, though all else be lost, I will still build new ships as shrines to the Gods of Acquisition. Let me not blaspheme by walking the false paths of Upgrade or Maintenance. Keep me true to the Way of the New Build. Say it, brothers. Say it with faith and fervor. I believe! I belieeeeve!
OK, fine, I’m mocking the culture of blind faith that all too often substitutes for objective and analytical thinking in the Navy. Blind faith is only way to explain so many of our obvious shortcomings and capability gaps. As you ponder various Navy matters, continually ask yourself if they are grounded in logic and reality or, instead, blind faith.