of course its systemic throughout the whole Military, its placing unqualified and incapable individuals in roles of leadership and responsibility they are un-prepared for, based on so called "political correctness" to be polite..... I believe the military should be colorblind, and allow women and men who are motivated and capable to be assigned commands based on their motivation and capability.....It might not just be on one ship , but symtomatic through out the navy, even the whole armed services.
as the Fitzgerald proved, this is a process that demands constant vigilance, as you rise through levels of responsibility and difficulty, you must be stressed to the point where you are allowed to fail, but that failure must be immediately rectified, then allow that candidate to resume in order to learn....
The absence of Senior Leadership on the Bridge, resulted in the loss of life, wounding of the vessel to the point of it being totaled, and loss of command structure... individuals are dead, future command personel have lost their careers, and a US Naval vessel will never sail again, and that's NOT the half of it...
You cannot run at "Flank" 24/7 for days, weeks, and months on end, we must "throttle back" and regain core competency, and fix all our "Blessed Broken JUNK!", good Lord!, whats wrong with people?
Get rid of the crap, and replace it with new when and where necessary, its going to take a hell of a bunch of "bilge pumping" and fixing the leaks to get this military "ship shape", and good luck with that with this new Democrat congress, really, they have very little real concern for our military, or for that matter the defense of this great nation.... Lord Help US!