Thursday, February 20, 2020

US Navy/Marine Corps Medium Amphibious Assault Ship

via USNI News.
The Navy’s research and development portfolio will devote $30 million to a “next-generation medium amphibious ship design” that will likely be based on an Australian designer’s stern landing vessel.

Shortly after Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David Berger took command of the service in July 2019, he began speaking of a new vision for the amphibious force – one that did not rely on a fleet of 38 traditional amphibious warships that the service had fought for for years, but instead would continue to leverage the aircraft-delivery power of the amphibious assault ship (LHA/LHD) and the command and control prowess of the amphibious transport dock (LPD) but also invest in new alternate amphibs to help the Marine Corps disperse its people and gear around the littorals.

The Navy and Marines announced in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget request that they will seek a medium amphibious ship that can support the kind of dispersed, agile, constantly relocating force described in the Littoral Operations in Contested Environment (LOCE) and Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) concepts the Marine Corps has written, as well as the overarching Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO) from the Navy. According to a budget overview document, “a next-generation medium amphibious ship will be a stern landing vessel to support amphibious ship-to-shore operations.”
Story here. 

Why do "Change Agents" fail when it comes to altering the trajectory of an organization?

Because they fail to communicate their vision to the people that are necessary to bring it to light...they fail to get buy in so they fail to muster the support needed.

But they talk to other leaders and get them onboard so why do they fail?  Because the rubber meets the road with the laborers, the little people that actually make things run.

Berger is proposing to be a change agent.

If this is where he's going then I'm thrilled at the possibilities.

So if I'm liking what I'm seeing then what's behind the drivel up top?  Because Berger and the rest of HQMC needs to climb out of their foxhole and let us know where we're going.  We're ready to climb aboard but they need to talk to us.

If this is a test then I can tell them that they passed with me and I'm looking forward to the experiments with this class of ship.

Nice forward thinking boys.  Now tell us all what else is on your wish list!!!

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