Analysis: Spencer’s firing is latest in string of disasters for US Navy leadership

Defense News: Last week’s ouster of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer marked the latest in a string of leadership disasters for a beleaguered service, one that has seen a slew of admirals and senior captains reprimanded, fired or had their careers cut short for everything from ethics violations to poor performance on their watch.

Spencer was fired by Defense Secretary Mark Esper for allegedly going behind Esper’s back and cutting a deal with the White House to allow Special Warfare Operator Chief Eddie Gallagher to retire with his Trident pin, despite Spencer publicly saying he wanted to let the Trident Review Board process go forward. Gallagher was convicted at a July court-martial trial of posing in a photograph near a dead prisoner of war.

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