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Re: Navy to file criminal charges..
It is a dog and pony show. Someone has to be the public target of blame, but naval investigations have already formally said the problem is not any one person--but the entire USN is at fault, for forcing ships to go to sea when they are undermanned, undertrained, and certifiably NOT READY FOR SEA DUTY.
The top brass will blame Congress, saying there's not enough budget for ships and training and crew. But they'll still order the ships they have to go out. And the captains of those ships? Gee, sir, admiral sir, my ship isn't ready so I'm going to refuse your order? That's a career-ender no matter how nicely you say it.
So it all runs downhill and in this case, lands on a batch of people who never should have been in charge of what they were in charge of. But the Peter Principle applies in or out of uniform.
You can argue that the brass, like the captains, like Congress, everyone is stuck in the middle because "everyone" wants things but doesn't want to pay for them. This reaction is (sadly) just to mollify public opinion, because the USN knows the real problem, and it has no way to correct it.
Expect more collisions, nothing has really changed.