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Notes to the New CNO Week Kicks Off on CIMSEC

By Dmitry Filipoff

CIMSEC received a tremendous response to our Call for Articles requesting short submissions where contributors offer their suggestions to the U.S. Navy’s new Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Gilday. (This is an independent CIMSEC initiative and is not produced in cooperation with any U.S. Navy organization or entity.)  

Below are the articles and authors featuring during the topic week. We thank them for their excellent contributions. 

Two Unaddressed Problems in the Surface Navy” by Matthew Harper, CDR, USN (ret.) 
Prepare for Autonomous Undersea Conflict” by David Strachan
Make Crew Endurance an Operational Warfighting Imperative” by Captain John Cordle, USN (ret.)
Reestablish the Strategic Studies Group” by Commander Chris O’Connor, USN, and Lieutenant Commander Ryan Hilger, USN
Recapitalize Sealift or Forfeit the Next Great Power War” by Stephen M. Carmel
Every Sailor a Cyber Warrior” by Lieutenant Douglas Kettler, USN
Defend and Advance Core Undersea and Network Capabilities” by John T. Kuehn, Ph.D., Commander, USN (ret.)
To Win Great Power War, Treat Information As a Strategic Resource” by Lieutenant Commander Robert “Jake” Bebber, USN
Restore Authority and Accountability” by Commander Rob Brodie, USN
Tackle Force Dynamism and Administrative Structure For a Stronger Navy” by Petty Officer Second Class Jacob Wiencek, USN
The Navy Reserve is Broken” by Lieutenant Blake Herzinger, USN
Junior Personnel: The X-Factor in Great Power Competition” by Lieutenant Adam Johnson, USN, and Lieutenant Junior Grade John Maslin, USN
Kill the Darlings and Pet Programs” by Lieutenant Commander Ryan Hilger, USN
Don’t Forget Seapower’s Dry Foundation” by J. Overton
Improve Mutual Cooperation with Small and Medium-Sized Navies” by VADM. (Ret) Omar Eduardo Andujar-Zaiter, DRN
Please Stop Making Sailor-Soldiers” by Lieutenant Zachary George, USN

Dmitry Filipoff is CIMSEC’s Director of Online Content. Contact him at

Featured Image: MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2019) – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday visits with Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP-26). (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Nick Brown/Released)