Admiral Crandall is definitely an idiot, that is true. I daresay if she had been male, and her junior officers female, either she or they would have been removed from command before the disaster.
I'm sure you know much more about the Honorverse than I do -- I figured you had not yet read A Rising Thunder
since as far as I know it's only available electronically, and if memory serves you eschew that form of reading. I never assert a greater depth of knowledge of a fictional universe except perhaps where Middle-earth is concerned.
Byng was an equal idiot. And met the same fate Crandall did. There is an equality of idiocy, brains, courage, cowardice, competency, duplicity, honor (in the usual sense) faithfulness, treachery, evil, etc, etc, across both sexes, across all the planets and societies, as one would expect to find in a random distribution, and expecting some societal forms to engender and nurture some qualities over others. The needs of a plot will drive what is revealed, when. But, Our Honor aside, David does not presume a sexual bias in virtue or ability. If you assume some "normal" distribution that is not basically, random, you might see a "bias" that I do not.
I apparently have not read RISING THUNDER, and that surprises me. I knew the name, and when I googled it, the cover looked familiar. But it is, in fact, the penultimate Honor book, due out in 3 months, for which my wife is pacing the floor, in anticipation. While reading A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP. Which she had not read before, but which I had read, in toto, to her, in the novellette form. I do not use the elctronic medium for book reading, 'tis true. This does not mean that I have never read a book, before it appeared in print.
You do know more than the average about Arda
. Me too.