AOL just published an article reporting on a talk by CNO Greenert at a Newseum conference. Among the comments was this gem:
“Greenert also hit one of his favorite topics, electronic warfare, saying ‘we’ve gotten really sloppy’ since the Soviet threat went away. By adding new sensors and communications gear without concern for EMCON, emissions control, he said, ‘we are out there spewing electromagnetic energy into the air,’ which makes Navy ships much easier for enemies to find.”
Really??! We’ve been installing new equipment without concern for EMCON requirements? This has only been an issue and a requirement since WWII. Who has allowed this to happen? Where has Navy leadership been all this time? Do you people see why I’m so critical of the Navy’s leadership?
This is yet another example of Navy leadership’s focus on all the wrong things. This is why the LCS was built without galvanic corrosion protection, something we’ve thoroughly understood since the 1800’s. This is why we’re building ships with no armor protection and placing single, unarmored gun mounts on Burkes. This is why our ASW capability has atrophied. This is why we have no credible mine countermeasure capability. This is why we’ve gone back to building ships out of aluminum despite having seen the catastrophic consequences of doing so.
Even more than being yet another sign of the total failure of Navy leadership to execute their responsibilities, this is a perfect example of the consequence of the Navy decision to abolish their in-house design and engineering groups, the General Board and BuShips. The Navy no longer has in-house engineering and naval architecture expertise. I’ll do a dedicated post on that topic in the very near future.