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SECNAV’s Letter to the Force: Department of the Navy’s Mission, Vision and Priorities

On Aug. 29, 2017, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer released a memorandum that outlined the Department of the Navy mission, vision and priorities. The memo’s text is below. The original document is also available for download.

Sailors, Marines and Civilian Teammates,

As I stated in my confirmation hearing, I have discussed priorities that must be at the forefront of every action. Our mission, vision and priorities for the Department of the Navy are listed below.

I call upon you to make every effort count and to align your goals with our priorities. I look forward to making progress alongside you in these areas.

Mission: The Department of the Navy will recruit, train, equip and organize to deliver combat
ready Naval forces to win conflicts and wars while maintaining security and deterrence through
sustained forward presence.

Vision: We are an integrated Naval force that will provide maritime dominance for the Nation.
To accomplish this in the face of current and emerging challenges, we must renew our sense of
urgency and speed of execution throughout the entire organization. Our core values and
accountability at the individual and organizational levels will shape our culture and guide our

Priorities: Our priorities center on People, Capabilities and Processes, and will be achieved by
our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships. Readiness, lethality and modernization are
the requirements driving these priorities.

People: Our military and civilian workforce is our greatest resource.

  • We will enhance the performance of our force by improving policies, programs and
  • The organization will capitalize on its best talent today, retain that talent over the long
    term, and find ways to continue to recruit the best people for the mission of the future.
  • Our military and civilian team will be measured against the highest ethical standards for
    every task and mission.

Capabilities: We will be capable of providing maritime dominance and power projection
required by the Nation.

  • The organization will focus on training, modernization and maintenance in order to
    achieve a high state of readiness and enhanced lethality, now and in the future.

Processes:  We must improve our processes in order for our people to meet future challenges.

  • We will drive efficiency, adopt and implement new ideas, and leverage leading practices
    from industry and academia to positively impact and support acquisition, manpower,
    research, and operational processes.

Our actions across these priorities will ensure mission success today and in the future.


Richard V. Spencer



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