Spencer: Readiness Review to Enlist Industry Help
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The new secretary of the Navy has selected an array of commercial corporations to comprise his strategic readiness review panel to review the culture of the Navy as it drills down on the causes of the four ship mishaps — which cost the lives of 17 Sailors — in the Western Pacific this year.
“This review will be independent but cooperative with the CNO’s [chief of naval operations’]” Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said Sept. 6 at the Defense News Conference.
Spencer said he has reached out to companies who have gone through “various, different, meaningful events and come out the other side.”
He noted that those companies would include BP North America, which was leasing the Deepwater Horizon oil rig at the time of its 2010 accident and spill; Crowley Marine, “which has created a very admirable safety program;” Maersk, offering to put forth its safety standards; Boeing and Sandia Labs.
The panel will be chaired by a government civilian. No specific names of the panelists were announced.
“We’re going to approach this as best practices for people to come out the other side,” Spencer said. “We do expect this to be a learning experience and a reset to go forward. The culture of safety starts at the top. We owe it to our service members and our naval power relies on our ability to operate safely.”
“We’re going to hold those accountable accountable, where it’s called for, but, more importantly, we’re going to learn from these events,” Spencer said. He noted that his review is separate from the CNO’s review, which will be chaired by Adm. Philip Davidson, commander, Fleet Forces Command, and focus on operations and training at the unit and fleet level within the Navy.