In February 2010, a senior panel of subject matter experts led by Vice Admiral Phillip M. Balisle, USN (Ret) completed a comprehensive assessment of Surface Force readiness. This assessment very candidly identified the root causes of the negative trends we were experiencing in the Surface Force and recommended steps to arrest and reverse these trends.
In July of last year, I testified before the Readiness Subcommittee and Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee on Fleet Readiness. My written statement to the Committee can be found here, and a complete webcast of the hearing can be found on the HASC website here.
I also previously posted here about some of the actions we were taking to improve Surface Force readiness even before the panel released its findings.
In order to build upon this work and sustain the Fleet Readiness Review’s momentum, Admiral Walsh (COMPACFLT) and I established a senior executive body, the Fleet Review Panel Senior Leadership Oversight Council (FRP SLOC), to guide and oversee our efforts to improve Surface Force readiness and unit wholeness.
This week I released a memo to provide an update on the significant progress the FRP SLOC has made fixing many of the readiness shortfalls cited by the panel as well as identifying areas that still require additional attention.
You can find a copy of the memo here. I encourage you to read through it and provide your comments. While I believe we’ve certainly made good progress, there is still much work to be done.
All the best, JCHjr