By Chris Servello
In our Navy Birthday edition of the Bullit Points Podcast, we talk with Managing Director of The FerryBridge Group LLC, retired naval officer and well known navalist Bryan McGrath (@conswahoo). Bryan makes the case for strong American seapower as a central component of the United States national security strategy.
Additionally, he discusses his concern that the American public doesn’t understand the value of seapower and the necessity for a strong Navy. Bryan suggests several ways to increase and improve the Department of the Navy’s communication effort…seeing that success as central to growing a 350-ship Navy.
“I came away from my six month speaking tour somewhat disheartened at the level of understanding in those rooms about anything other than a sort of a superficial patriotic appreciation for the Navy. The wasn’t much of an understanding how the Navy protects and sustains our economy.
“I come away from it thinking Navy leadership has a relentlessly and continuously educating the american public about seapower.”
“My pitch was that the security and prosperity of the United States of America was disproportionately reliant on strong American Seapower.”
“At the SECNAV and CNO level a relentless advocacy has to be the minimum standard that we demand of these decision makers.”
“The communication function in the department of the Navy could deal with a lot more rigor.”
It is the Department of the Navy’s job to create that case for why those additional ships are required…and why the Navy’s role is different than the Air Force and the Army because of the degree to which naval forces regulate a peacetime environment.”