Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Navy's Fleet of Tomorrow Is Mired in Politics of Yesterday

From Anonymous:

Doug,

I think this article from today's NYTimes may deserve its own thread in the blog. This article may be very indicative of the mentality of the three admirals (Nanos, Foley, Brooks) running LANL today.


New York Times April 19, 2005
The Navy's Fleet of Tomorrow Is Mired in Politics of Yesterday
By TIM WEINER
The price of the Navy's new ships, driven up by old-school politics, may scuttle the Pentagon's plans for a 21st-century armada.

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Comments:
This article is actually interesting on two levels, the other one being that Northrup Grummen, the builder of the ship, is also a frequent reader of this blog as a potentially interested bidder for the LANL contract.
 
Agreed, the Northrop Grumman connection is interesting with Admiral Brooks making the final decision. Our retirement fund will build two destroyers. I believe SeaCom, the previous command of Admiral Nanos, was responsible for buying ships and still bears the influence of his "enlightened" nanomanagement. What a career, sinking the Nation's future Navy and its nuclear weapons program. Our worst enemies haven't been this effective. Possibly, we need to throw in Admiral Foley and come up with a new mantra, "Damn three admirals, full speed instead."
 
I like "Lock'em horns."
 
Not to quibble, but is Linton Brooks actually a retired admiral? I have seen him called "Admiral Brooks" in this and similar blogs; however, he's normally introduced as "Ambassador" Brooks rather than "Admiral" Brooks, and the biographical sketches of him that appear when he gives talks, etc., don't refer to him as having flag rank. This includes his own self-introduction to LANL, viewable at www.lanl.gov/news/newsletter/091602.pdf

I can't find a single well informed reference to "Admiral" Linton Brooks. Have I missed something? Not to spoil a good theory with facts or anything ...
 
First Nanos destroys the DD(X) now he destroys DX, I think I see another pattern emerging here.
Watch out D and X divisions. Or maybe he just destroys everything he touches. Yeah, I think that's it.
 
Ambassador Linton F. Brooks
Administrator

Ambassador Linton F. Brooks was sworn in as Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security / Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on May 16, 2003 following nomination by President Bush and confirmation by the Senate. He had been Acting in this position since July 2002. Immediately prior to his appointment he was serving as Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, a post he assumed in October 2001. The NNSA includes approximately 37,000 federal, military, and contractor personnel charged with carrying out the national security responsibilities of the Department of Energy. These responsibilities include designing, producing, and maintaining safe and reliable nuclear weapons for the U.S. military, providing safe, militarily effective naval nuclear propulsion plants, and promotion of international nuclear safety and nonproliferation.

Ambassador Brooks has over four decades of experience in national security, much of it associated with nuclear weapons. As a career Navy officer he deployed on four nuclear-equipped ships, serving as Weapons, Executive, and Commanding Officer. In Washington he had assignments as Special Assistant to the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Atomic Energy, responsible for all Navy nuclear programs and for international nuclear weapons cooperation, as Director of the Navy's Strategic and Theater Nuclear Warfare Division, and as Director of Defense Programs on the staff of the National Security Council. In the latter assignment he was the White House official responsible, among other things, for all Department of Energy nuclear programs and for U.S. nuclear testing policy during the final third of the Reagan Administration.

For the eight years prior to joining the George W. Bush Administration, Ambassador Brooks served as a Vice President at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), where he directed research and analysis of issues of national importance. During this period he also served as an advisor to Sandia National Laboratories and took part in a number of far-ranging studies on nuclear weapons issues.

In addition to his security and weapons background, Ambassador Brooks has extensive arms control experience. During the George H.W. Bush Administration, he served as Assistant Director for Strategic and Nuclear Affairs at the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and in the State Department as Head of the United States Delegation on Nuclear and Space Talks and Chief Strategic Arms Reductions (START) Negotiator. In this latter capacity, he was responsible for final preparation of the START I Treaty, signed by Presidents Bush and Gorbachev in Moscow on July 31, 1991. In December 1992, he performed a similar function during the final preparation of the January 3, 1993, START II Treaty.

Ambassador Brooks holds a BS in physics from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MA in government and politics from the University of Maryland. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Navy War College and has published a number of prize-winning articles on naval and nuclear strategy.
 
Collusion is the name of this game, which is rampant in the DOD. As Adam Smith said, many years ago, when two, or more, business men huddle together their object is collusion to control prices. Perhaps we should have the destroyers made in China? Some competition, real competition, from some quarter is obviously necessary.
Closer to home, at LANL, the nuclear pit monopoly shows up the problem. Ever more money goes in, with ever later delivery dates, and lower numbers of pits. Like the Navy fleet the whole exercise seems to be money extraction, not our nation's security.
And, we have LANL and LLNL who collude on nuclear matters to their mutual advantage. Breaking one of these, likely LANL, out from under UC would appear to be healthy. Competition, and openness, seem the only corrective to waste; and both of these factors have been sorely lacking at LANL.
 
Brooks is certainly Navy, but he retired as a captain. See following:

The President intends to nominate Linton F. Brooks of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for Nuclear Security at the National Nuclear Security Administration, with the Department of Energy. He is currently the Acting Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the Department of Energy. Prior to his work with the Department of Energy, he served as Vice President and Director for Policy, Strategy and Forces Division of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a federally funded research and development center in Virginia. During the George H.W. Bush administration, he served as Assistant Director for Strategic and Nuclear Affairs at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and as Head of the U.S. Delegation on Nuclear and Space Talks and Chief Strategic Arms Reductions (START) Negotiator. In this later capacity, he was responsible for final preparation of the START Treaty signed by Presidents Bush and Gorbachev in Moscow on July 31, 1991. Brooks served in the U.S. Navy for thirty years and retired as a Captain. He holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and earned a master's from the University of Maryland. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Navy War College.
 
double dipper? go figure. not allowed at Los Alamos.
Why? maybe we are not smart enough.
 
As the original poster, I stand corrected. Nanos, Foley and Brooks are all career Navy, but their ranks are Vice Admiral, Admiral and Captain.
 
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