This cropped up yesterday, and has gone through new sites and blogs– “The admiral in charge of Navy intelligence has not been allowed to see military secrets for years.”
That’s been an open secret inside the Pentagon for a long time. I’m only surprised that it’s gotten wide currency now. I see the man myself quite frequently.
Now, the whole affair would be a farce if it weren’t such a disgrace and a self-inflicted wound. By disgrace I don’t mean his alleged conduct (he may very well be cleared, who knows), but the fact that it has been allowed to drag on. The Navy needs a 2; there’s a war on, significant ocean-going threats rising, and trouble in the Gulf. America needs, as she always, her Navy. And the Navy needs its top intelligence officer.
What this truly reveals is the utter lack of concern for readiness at the highest levels of the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense. With all due respect to due process, there are two Secretaries who could cut through this fog and get a functional flag officer in that critical position today. They could do so, but they are not doing so. And remember, these are men who in very short order and in remarkably blunt language have upended long-standing and rational policies on the roles of women in combat positions, and gender integrated training, among other initiatives.
The whole affair– ongoing affair— in all its particulars points to what I have suggested before is the fundamental unseriousness in the Department of Defense.