Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The U.S. Navy Wants 'Ruthless, Nimble, Clever War Tacticians'

L.A. Times: Navy cultivating more ruthless, nimble, clever war tacticians

ABOARD THE THEODORE ROOSEVELT — It’s like shooting a bullet with a bullet.

On Wednesday, the flattop’s tactical action officer, Navy Lt. Jeff Miller, and his bustling crew in the bowels of the warship identified, tracked and then blew to bits an incoming missile several miles before it reached the aircraft carrier and its group of accompanying ships.

But the fellow lieutenant who basked in the applause within the battle station wasn’t a member of the Roosevelt. He was Ben Olivas, a warfare tactics instructor — a “Witty,” as they’re called in the Navy — from the San Diego-based Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center.

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WNU Editor: Apparently 80% of the Navy’s eligible surface-warfare officers are not qualified for the Witties program.

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