Navy leaders finally have acknowledged that military commanders should not be expected to think and operate like business executives.
As a result of a drastic post-Cold War downsizing in the Navy, the service began to send officers to the nation’s top business schools, hoping that by learning how major corporations are administered, they could figure out how to run the Navy more efficiently and save money. The truth is that commanders at sea don’t want to be business people, says Vice Adm. Terrance T. Etnyre, commander of naval surface forces. So the Navy decided to follow a different path and created a “surface warfare enterprise” that oversees the business side of the fleet, and leaves fleet commanders free to do what they do best.
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