MARAD doesn’t want you to read KPS.

In a January 10, 2017 meeting with the current regimental officers, Lt. McDade told them that they shouldn’t believe anything they read on That echoed Deputy Maritime Administrator Rodriguez comments at the January 6, 2017 all-hands meeting in which he  disparaged anything that the midshipmen might read on the Internet about the Academy. It’s interesting that MARAD calls into question the veracity of what appears on this site; yet, it has never asked us to correct anything on the blog — even when we’ve given it an “open invitation” to do so. Unlike MARAD, this blog documents what it posts (and where it speculates, it identifies the content as such).

There’s a reason MARAD doesn’t want the Academy’s stakeholders reading this blog. It’s called, “Control the narrative.” MARAD has desperately attempted to control its false narrative about SA/SH and sea year in order to avoid calling attention to the actual reason the Academy is in danger of losing its accreditation — poor leadership. (Ironically, despite MARAD’s efforts to control the narrative through the LMI Report, even LMI could not whitewash the fact that there is a complete lack of trust in the current leadership at the Academy. ) In any event, MARAD wishes to shut down all voices that challenge its narrative and this blog is one of those voices.

Another strategy MARAD employs in its effort to control the narrative is to withhold information from the Academy’s stakeholders. It lets out only the information it wants to, and on a schedule that is designed to minimize meaningful dialogue or feedback. The “town hall” conference calls MARAD and the Academy have hosted are a good example of this.  In those conference calls, they have attempted (often unsuccessfully) to control who gets to speak; but, even when someone gets through with a meaningful question, we are treated to an answer that dodges the question.  (That’s why it took so long to force Superintendent Helis to admit that he lied about what the accreditation report said about sea year. The issue was repeatedly dodged in town hall calls. It wasn’t until Helis was confronted in a forum out of his control, where a parent was able to ask follow up questions and press for an answer, that Helis finally admitted that he lied and my $100,000 bet was safe.)

Expect more of the same in tomorrow’s town hall conference call.  They’ll be trying to tell you much of what they told the midshipmen:  They’ll play up the LMI report and tell you that the Academy is now on an irreversible path.  That’s all part of their narrative to try to get everyone to buy in to what they are doing.  But, they are wrong. The path is going to change markedly after Inauguration Day. Secretary Chao — who considers the Academy to be her first priority at MARAD — can remove all of the IEDs left behind by the current administration; and there is every reason to believe that she will. And we will be here, behind the scenes and on this blog, to show her where the IEDs are.

A little bit later today, I’ll be releasing some recent information that MARAD has not shared with its stakeholders. It should provide for some good questions for tomorrow’s town hall call.


  1. I usually hate bloggers. I find them under informed and irresponsible as a rule. This, I approached KPS with a bias based upon that belief.

    7 months later, I can honestly make the following statements:

    1, I do not always approve or appreciate the tone of KPS, particularly as it relates to personal attacks on Admiral Helis , who I think is a decent person who got trapped in a mess not of his own making. Unfortunately, he is now the “face” of that mess..

    2. On the “facts” KPS has been overwhelmingly correct and when it was wrong it has corrected itself upon being presented with the proper info. Unlike KPS, MARAD has not once in that time period, admitted either a mistake of fact,ot a policy failure.
    Apparently they r perfect.

    3. MARAD has not once, as far as I know, disproven anything stated by KPS, despite an open forum existing for doing so.

    4 Because of #2 and #3 above, I have greater faith in the KPS narrative than in the Academy narrative.

    5. I am not a prideful person. If anybody could prove to me that MARAD was right and KPS was wrong, I would be happy about it. I want my government to b better than a blog.

    Thank u KPS.

    • Thanks. As to Superintendent Helis, he may well be a decent person. Unfortunately, I think the mess is much of his own making. Upon his arrival at the Academy, he picked the fight with the alumni and evicted them. While I am sure that much of the agenda against Kings Point is driven by people in MARAD, at any time he could have taken the high road and said, “No, this is wrong. I stand with the Academy on this.” When Secretary Foxx shut down sea year on a knee jerk reaction to an unverified and unscientific investigation done by Sharon von Wyk, Helis should have opposed it and stated that he would resign if the stand down order was implemented. And he damn well should not have lied about what Middle States said about sea year and SA/SH. But he did.

      IMHO, he lacks the moral courage to lead.

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