This is the first of five entries looking at Navy #Warfighting by Rear Adm. Michael Smith, Director, Strategy and Policy Division (N51).
“Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.”
President George Washington
The United States is entering a new era in which the evolving geo-strategic environment and overarching defense guidance signals a renewed emphasis on preeminent U.S. seapower.
We are a maritime nation, bounded by two great oceans that have historically protected us from external threats and enabled us to benefit from the oceans’ resources. At the same time, we are reliant upon the sea lanes to transport goods to and from our shores, access overseas markets, and advance our interests around the globe.
The core Navy functions of sea control, power projection, maritime security, and strategic deterrence (issues I will delve into more deeply later this week) endure and define how the Navy defends the American people and our national interests. Because the Navy can use the sea as a stronghold and maneuver space, we can be forward and ready for contingency operations around the world, on scene to help when crises arise, and actively engaged in cooperative partnerships with friends and allies to improve the security of the maritime commons.
Supporting overarching U.S. national security objectives, the Navy operates forward to promote stability, deter aggression, ensure access and – when required – help defeat our enemies by projecting power and influence at sea and ashore.
I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you on the Navy and warfighting this week, and I hope you will share your thoughts with me on each topic.