Navy Under Secretary Bob Work to step down

Navy Under Secretary Bob Work to step down

Whispers circled across the Surface Naval Association’s show floor Thursday ahead of Navy Under Secretary Robert Work’s speech. Those whispers even entered the question-and-answer session of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ session during the morning session.

How much longer will the “never boring” Work serve as the Navy’s under secretary. Work is known for saying exactly what he thinks, when he thinks it. His speeches are never skipped by defense reporters and Work rarely leaves them disappointed.

The first question Work took after his speech Thursday was about his future with the Navy.

“I think this will be my last Surface Navy Association as the under secretary. And that’s all I really I want to say about that,” Work said.

But Work wasn’t done.

“Let me tell you, this is the greatest job. The under secretary of the navy is the greatest job on the planet,” Work said. “The secretary would argue with me, but the under secretary, yeah, and so walking away from it will be very hard. But I think after four years I’m turning into an angry old man…I got to step back. I’ll do something for awhile and then I’ll step back.”

Work took over as the Navy’s No. 2 civilian leader after the vice president for strategic studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Work is a retired Marine officer and typically the Navy’s champion on Capitol Hill. He’s well liked by Congressional staff members for his straight talk and honesty.

It’s unclear who the White House and the Navy plan to replace Work when he does step down.

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Robert Orton Work turned 60 yesterday.
(Congrats Bob !!!)

Good thing, the LCS mafia is losing their leader and head cheerleader. Now we can get the US Navy to come to it’s sense’s and get a REAL Frigate in the works. Maybe now is a good time to talk to France about their FREMM Frigate or the UK with their Global Combat Ship. Maybe we can even push the US Navy in taking the US Coast Guard’s National Security cutter design as a patrol Frigate.

LIke Admiral Jack Williams Jr. told me once, “The US Navy has to look into 12 year windows of time for quality planning for gaining influence for congressional funding for the nuclear navy to be on the cutting edge of technology. Then the next challenge will be manning those platforms with nothing but the best people in the world.”

Once again not all his problem the President made another scape goat.

Not one word on “All the Wonderful News on the Junk Strike Fighters” that has been released in the pass 2 weeks. Like the Grounding of All F-35B’s. http://​www​.flightglobal​.com/​b​l​o​g​s​/​t​h​e​-​d​e​w​l​i​n​e​/​201
and the OT & E Reports of “All the Many ‚Many Problems with All 3 Junk Strike Fighter Versions.
. http://​www​.defense​-aerospace​.com/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​-​v​i​e​w​/​rel

When I am start reading this post..I feel some motivation in my body then an the end of this post, I like one line. “The under secretary of the navy is the greatest job on the planet”

I worked for Col Work when he was my battalion commander. Some may disagree with his positions, but I guarantee you his passion and concern are very real. He was a great CO who always thought of his Marines, and he is VERY intelligent. I hope we haven’t heard the last of him. Semper Fi to you, Sir.


Bob Work was a ROTC classmate of mine at U of Illinois. Great to see a hometown boy made good!


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