From senior to junior officer: "Hey boss, how's your bandwidth looking next week, mine is already pretty low?"
Translation: "Hey officer-junior-to-me-whom-I-will-patronize-by-calling-'boss', I am looking to unload a project on someone, are you unintelligent enough to tell me you're not that busy next week?"
Perhaps, my largest issue with this typical usage stems from the english major in me. For the most part, one's bandwidth is fixed. If you are a sharp and intelligent officer who manages his/her time well, then you will always have a 'high' bandwidth (i.e. the ability to process a large or high amount of information or tasks). When you are task-saturated your bandwidth might already be taken. In this case, a more accurate and precise response might be that one's bandwidth is already full (vs. the incorrrect high or low) the next week.
So I implore you to buck the trend and when someone asks you how your bandwidth is, reply that your bandwidth is a fixed high-speed data connection that is 'full as always.'.....