I was sitting here watching the NASCAR Race at Richmond, in a rain delay, and my mind started to drift back to my Navy days. I remembered a very successful program called DCAP.
A long time ago, before many of you were born, the Naval Ordnance Station, Louisville, operated a program for gun mounts, missile launchers, and fire control systems, called DCAP. Discrepancy Corrective Action Program. Now this was way before personal computers well enough email, blogs, or any type of instant communications. Every Quarter a printed document was sent out from Louisville to Gunner's Mates and Fire Control Technicians that was system specific. I would look forward to the newest edition because all the MK 42 Mod 9 and 10 Gunner's Mates would sent problems they were having into DCAP and wait for the super techs at the ISEA to provide answers. Now, I am not talking about CASREP issues but those little annoying problems and maintenance issues. Also, fleet Gunner's Mates could provide feed back to listed problems if you had a solution. These issues and solutions were submitted without Chain of Command approval. That is what made the program a success. Gunner's Mates talking to Gunner's Mates!!
The DCAP program was well publicized and a source of pride for me and my peers. Our ship's name and or name were listed with our problem or the solution we provided. DCAP made us better technicians on our specific system and the ISEA gained insight into some very difficult problems.
Now, with the explosion of instant communications fleet wide and world wide. I wonder why we cannot have a version of DCAP in the electronic media? It certainly would be cheaper than printing hundreds of DCAP news letters. But, it would bring issues to the forefront and would inspire fleet technicians to share their technical discoveries. So, here is my offer. One of you smart young hard chargers, submit a Beneficial Suggestion to establish this program! I am sure the Navy will buy your proposal and you will be the author of a program that has a past proven success but in a modernized, real time, functional manner.
I have no desire for fame or credit. And since this was a Navy program, there probably is little to go around. But those of you in the ordnance community could really prosper through the use of DCAP. So, get off your tails and get this program online!!