"Beware the Bean Counters"

Vimislik, M.R.
May 2006
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;May2006, Vol. 132 Issue 5, p6
Conference Proceeding
This article reports that the commercial ships have relatively few crew members compared to Navy vessels. This reduced manning scheme has succeeded because of the leveraging of equipment automation and system redundancies, implementing modest preventive/corrective maintenance programs and a very different approach to risk assumption. Commercial vessels typically operate with a single focus/mission: transporting goods on the open ocean. There are risks associated with this mission, and steps are taken to mitigate them. The risks associated with the operation of Navy vessels, however, are decidedly different. The Navy's primary mission is to prepare for war.


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