AUTHOR BLOG

Against the Tide published

Against the Tide: Rickover’s Leadership Principles and the Rise of the Nuclear Navy was released 15 November. John Hamre, the former Deputy Secretary of Defense (current President of the Center for Strategy and International Studies), sponsored my first book signing event the next week at his new building off Dupont Circle. Peter and Mary Rose […]

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Defense Acquisition

Last summer the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, co chaired by Senators Levin and McCain, asked several individuals to write about the process of getting equipment for our fighting forces, or in the shorthand of Washington, defense acquisition. Those papers were recently published, Defense Acquisition Reform: Where Do We Go From Here? A Compendium […]

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November CSIS Discussion and Book Signing

Against the Tide will be published on 15 November. The Center for Strategy and International Study has agreed to sponsor a discussion of the influence of Rickover’s management style on American industry. This event is planned for the early evening of Wednesday, 19 November in Washington, DC. This will be the first of several events […]

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What Would Rickover Do

My brother, Tim Oliver, has served for eight years as the President of the Capitol Chapter of the Naval Submarine League. For his last meeting today he invited me to speak. I have therefore poached a little from my upcoming book (Against the Tide). For those who may not know, after he had served in […]

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Is Good Management Sufficient?

At the invitation of Fred Rainbow, I gave a presentation to the Leadership Forum of The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association last night. At the conclusion, Linda and I took questions for an hour before we went to dinner with old friends Chris and Stephanie Johnson. Since I hate reading from notes, the conversation […]

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Moving West

After living in Northern Virginia for a couple of decades, Linda and I are moving this Spring to Patrick’s Point which is just north of  Trinidad in Northern California, where the redwoods kiss the fog.  Trinidad is two hundred miles north of San Francisco and four hundred miles south of Portland, Oregon.  We will live […]

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Last night I had a discussion about culture change with Norm Augustine, Barry Blechman, Bill Chambers, David Graham, John Harvey and Rich Mies. I provided these leaders with a paper discussing how Admiral Rickover altered submarine culture. The ideas I presented will be further explored in a book about Rickover’s leadership that the Naval Institute […]

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Recent Speech on Defense Acquisition

Last week I attended an IT conference in Washington, DC and delivered a speech on a perennial problem — continuing burps in the acquiring of services and weapons for our military forces. It follows: This being one of our most sacred seasons, I think we should begin with what I remember from the book of […]

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