Open Mic Monday

January 2009


What’s on your mind? What are you reading? Do share….

Posted by Jim Dolbow in Naval Institute

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  • SeniorD

    OK, OK, I’ve heard the siren call. I’m starting to collect anecdotal evidence of Enlisted Valor. For all enlisted sailors starting at the Korean War till now, send me your stories of heroic or commendatory action by other enlisted sailors. Stories must be verifiable by at least two (2) other witnesses (and, yes, I WILL be checking sources).

    Send them to me at my email address. If I can collect enough, I’ll look into publishing the collection with proceeds going to charity.

  • I am currently reading two books on social media and following a new blog.

    The first book I am reading is Tactical Transparency by Shel Holtz and John Havens. The subtitle sums it up; how leaders can leverage social media to maximize value and build their brand.

    The second book I am reading is YouTube: An Insiders Guide to Climbing the Charts by Alan Lastufka and Michael Dean. Chris Brogan, http://www.chrisbrogan.com, recommends this book for people interested in maximizing YouTube as a means of sharing their message.

    Finally, I am following Chris Brogan’s blog and ProBlogger.com as a way to gauge our blogging success and ways to improve.

  • SeniorD

    The above bleg came started this rather obvious but rarely made observation:

    In the Army and Marines, the predominant fighting is done by enlisted personnel. They are the ones taking most of the casualties and committing acts of valor to save/protect their comrades. Tactics can and are broken down to the smallest fighting unit and are understood by all involved.

    In the Navy and Air Force, because those services are more technical, the skills are differentiated between the understanding of 1) theories and principles of operations and equipment maintenance or 2) employment and tactics. Usually, it is the latter that gets the lions share of attention. Tactics are, again, broken down to the smallest fighting unit, the ship or aircraft.

    My Naval experience and research suggests enlisted personnel in the more technological services are not encouraged to see the ‘Big Picture’. In other words, enlisted personnel do not see how their actions or work contributes to the mission. Keeping the equipment functioning, performing routine or emergency repairs may have been fine when the average WWII sailor’s education was lower than by today’s standards. In contrast, advances in technology such as the Internet, multi-player computer games and High School Advanced Placement courses permit future sailors and airmen to grasp and understand the ‘Big Picture’.

    Certainly, the services are working to provide enlisted personnel professional education courses How are the roles of the enlisted man or woman characterized in these courses? Are we encouraging enlisted personnel to strive for greater understanding of and contribution to the mission of the Armed Services?

  • Jimbo,
    I answer the question every day, “what are you reading” on the right side of my blog.

    I’m thinking my next post will stir some dust …..

  • Spade

    I’m thinking about the History related post on the 6th and how it relates to the current “issues” the Navy is experiencing in the naming department.

    Especially this comment by URR: “Despite the superb traditions of the US Navy, it is hardly certain that today’s young sailor feels kinship with the men who fought at Coral Sea or Leyte Gulf, or on Yankee Station.”

  • Does anybody know how long it will be before the USS George H W Bush can actually be deployed?

  • Phibian,

    you were not kidding about stirring some dust…..

    I hold a grudge too LTC Ollie North and Judge Robert Bork

  • RickWilmes

    What’s on my mind?

    Ever since I read Jim Webb’s book, “A Time to Fight”, I have wondered what his approach was going to be concerning drug and prison reform. Today, I found out.

    Jim Webb on Drug and Prison Reform.

  • RickWilmes

    What’s on My Mind concerning the USNI Blog?

    I like the guest blog feature and the links that are provided to thier blogs. I also like the About Our Guest Bloggers the USNI blog is providing. Does the soft-ware the USNI blog uses have a feature that will allow a link to “About Our Guest Bloggers.” by clicking on the “Posted by “Guest Blogger”.

    Example: This blog is posted by Jim Dolbow. An easy click on his name would send you to his background. At this time, you have to scroll up to the top of the page and click on “About Our Guest Bloggers.”

    Adding the feature I suggest would improve moving from one area of the blog to another and make it easier for new readers to learn who the guest bloggers are.

  • RickWilmes

    What I am reading and why?

    I am currently reading

    John Locke’s “Political Writings.

    On my iPhone, I am reading John Locke’s “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding” which I found for free using eReader.

    My reason for reading Locke is to get a better understanding of “how” and “what” John Adams thought as expressed in the following quote.

    “The most remarkable feature of Adam’s formative intellectual years was the degree to which he confronted and consciously repudiated the orthodoxies of New England Puritanism. From 1756 to 1760, Adams used his diary to work out a new way of understanding piety, virtue, and right living. This chapter proposes to demonstrate that Adams not only rejected theological Calvinism but also disavowed much of his Puritan past by developing and embracing a view of nature, man, and moral obligation that drew heavily on the enlightened views of Bacon, Newton, and Locke. Most importantly, his confrontation with Locke’s “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding marked the turning point in the young man’s intellectual and moral life. The “Essay” was important to Adam’s intellectual development because it provided him with a method for thinking. We can never appreciate “what” Adams thought until we know “how” he thought. By examining his youthful mental processes, we can see how he began to transform the New England Protestant ethos into a distinctly modern form of liberal individualism. In a larger sense, Adam’s intellectual biography helps illuminate why and when many American colonials moved consciously away from Puritan orthodoxy and toward Enlightenment rationalism. (John Adams & The Spirit Of Liberty, C. Bradley Thompson, p. 5-6)”

    So far, what I find interesting was the motivation behind Locke’s “Essay Concerning Human Understanding.” as expressed in the Introduction by David Wooton.

    “In 1671 Locke and five or six friends formed a little group that met periodically to discuss ‘the principles of morality and revealed religion’. In the course of these meetings Locke declared that they could not proceed without a better grasp of the nature of knowledge in general: two early drafts of the ‘Essay Concerning Human Understanding’ were completed in the course of this year.”(p. 18)

    Concerning Locke’s “Essay Concerning Human Understanding”, I have been reading his argument that proves that ideas are not innate but have to be discovered through the use of reason.

    At least for me, this is fascinating stuff 🙂

    Why might this be of interest to USNI blog readers?

    According to Russel B. Nye’s biography “George Bancroft: Brahmin Rebel”, a young George Bancroft had a meeting with an older and wiser John Adams. Aaron Bancroft, George’s father, among others did not want George to travel to Germany for further study. Here is how Nye describes the meeting.

    “Adams met them at the door of his home, a slight old man dressed in severe black. The boy never forgot the visit, and sixty years later the sharp nasal twang of the ex-President and the crackle of his newly-starched stock were as fresh in his ears as on that May morning in 1818. Norton explained his business and introduced Bancroft, “a young man bound for Gottingen.” What did President Adams think of the plan for study abroad? Adams was definite and dogmatic–it was best for young men to be educated in their own country. He was a believer in avoiding the manners and affectations of Europe, and from what he had seen of continental society it was no fit environment for a young theologian.” (p. 31)

    What is on my mind when I consider all of this information? I wonder what the world today would be like if Bancroft had studied under Adams and Jefferson? Instead he studied under Hegel and Schleiermacher.

  • Currently I am reading “Gallipoli: Attack from the Sea” by
    Victor Rudenno. I have just started so it is early to tell anything.

    The tipoff for this book was, (where else) USNI.
    Check the link for the review: