This blog is by Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy’s Chief of Information, and addresses key points of the Navy’s fiscal year 2014 budget.
This year’s budget submission was guided by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s tenets of Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. You’ll clearly see that we fund our forces operating forward, we provide money to maintain and train those units getting ready to deploy, and we’re investing in the people, ships and technology of our future force.
What that means for our deployed forces — we’ve asked for about $49 billion for operations and maintenance.
- Money for ship steaming, flight hours, maintenance and base operations.
- As expected, given the current fiscal environment, this is down slightly (3 percent) from last year.
- Allows us to maintain our commitments in the Middle East and the Western Pacific — consistent with the Defense Strategy.
This budget helps us maintain readiness for those forces next to deploy.
- We’re slightly up from last year in our training and education dollars.
- We’re also up a bit in our ship depot level maintenance account — allowing us increase the scope and complexity of our maintenance availabilities. The goal is to make our ships last as long as possible
- This will provide funding for our carrier strike groups – like the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group– and our amphibious ready groups – like the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group – which will be preparing for their deployments in FY14
We continue to invest in our future fleet—taking care of our people, building ships/aircraft and investing in research and development for new technology.
- We’ve requested $43.5 billion for ship, aircraft, weapons and other procurement—programs like Joint Strike Fighter, Littoral Combat Ship, unmanned aerial vehicles, DDG-1000 and P-8 — just to name a few.
- We will deliver six ships in FY14 and will fund construction for eight new ships.
- We will retire 11 battle force ships – seven FFGs, one SSN, one LPD, one MCM and one T-AOE. (This is an updated number from the FY14 Budget Highlights Book, which stated that we will retire 16 ships in FY14)
- We’ve funded two nuclear attack submarines and continue to fund research and development for the next ballistic missile submarine.
- The number of Sailors increases slightly as we continue to focus on reducing manning gaps at sea, improve our sea/shore flow and ramp up the Navy’s cyber capabilities
This budget reflects the fiscal environment and is a pragmatic submission. It is in keeping with where we were this year and where we are headed in the future. We’ll continue to keep our Sailors and civilian employees informed as we move forward in this process.
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