In my last DRRS-N update to you in November, I emphasized the importance of timely and accurate reporting at the unit level. I also talked about the importance of drawing from lessons learned in the Fleet and feeding them back through the chain-of-command (the feedback loop).
Since that update, there have been several substantial changes. Most notable is that I have consolidated the DRRS-N responsibilities under a single, accountable person who now reports directly to me as a Special Assistant. This move was necessary in order to give DRRS-N the direct attention it needs (by me and my Special Assistant).
Now, it was apparent to me from the time we transitioned to DRRS-N that it was a work in progress, but the more I learned over the past four months, the more I became convinced it was not meeting the needs of our Type Commanders. Our ability to provide forces ready for tasking depends on Type Commanders having a clear and accurate view of their units’ operational readiness. When Commanders view a unit in DRRS-N, there should be no doubt in their mind that what they are seeing is based on fact and in no way differs from what they see when they visit the unit in person. On the contrary, I’ve found that there is too often a significant discrepancy between what DRRS-N tells me and the reality I find…and that is simply unacceptable.
To that end, I directed my DRRS-N Special Assistant, CAPT Skip Shaw, to develop a comprehensive plan to fix the operational issues in DRRS-N and get the program on the right path for long-term sustainment. Specifically, CAPT Shaw will be working with the TYCOMs to reduce complexity, institutionalize standards for the Commander’s Assessment, train the Fleet (a very important one!), and eventually transition the program management functions to an appropriate SYSCOM. (See attached slides for details)
I have also directed CAPT Shaw to work directly with my Type Commanders to ensure DRRS-N is accurately reporting their units’ readiness based on their standards.
Although we have much work to do on DRRS-N, I believe we have the right people in place with the right plan to get it done; we’re already seeing some improvements. SURFLANT has made great progress reducing the complexity for the end user by reducing the number of tasks they report against by up to half for some ship classes (e.g. DDGs). SUBLANT established an in-house DRRS-N Tiger Team and they’ve already started putting together a “DRRS-N for Dummies”-type guide that will help everyone, especially me! As you see, there is no shortage of advantages from working together on this…we all benefit from collaboration, coordination and communication.
All the best, JCHjr