Reforming the surface navy means breaking a culture

Over at the Naval Institute Proceedings this month (click here), Admiral Sandy Winnefeld urges the U.S. Navy surface fleet to embrace principles that govern operations in the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, which has posted an unblemished record for safety. Admiral Winnefeld is righter than he knows. Drawing up a list of principles is necessary but insufficient. Reforming the surface navy will involve breaking the culture that permitted last year’s spate of accidents to happen – and replacing that culture with something healthier.