CNO Guidance for 2011
Executing the Maritime Strategy
We continue to be forward deployed and engaged around the world, delivering
the core capabilities of our Maritime Strategy, which I released three years ago.
Maritime Strategy remains relevant.
It has been affirmed by events over the past few
years and by the recent conclusions from the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and
the Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel report commissioned by Congress.
Our strategy will continue to guide our operations and investments in the year ahead.
Our Sailors demonstrate daily that our Navy is flexible, adaptable, and ready to
We are made dominant by them.
Our priority remains to prevail in
the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, where we have more than 14,500 Sailors
on the ground and another 12,000 offshore in support of joint and coalition operations in
Our national interests, however, extend far beyond Iraq and
Afghanistan; therefore, so does our Navy.
On an average day, more than 44,000
Sailors are deployed and almost half of our 288 ships are underway around the world.
Combatant Commanders recognize the value our Navy provides through its ability to
overcome diplomatic, geographic, and military impediments to access, and there is an
increasing, not decreasing, demand for naval forces. As ground forces draw down in
the Middle East, the need for a strong naval presence will grow in importance.
presence is essential to shaping a favorable security environment globally, especially in
the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean, areas closely tied to our nation’s economic
prosperity. As articulated in the Maritime Strategy, our Navy remains committed to
protecting national vital interests in these regions.
We continue to be a ready and capable global Navy.
As I look to the future, I see
continued disorder in the global security environment, a slow economic recovery, and
increasing demand on our Navy.
While we have made sound investments in recent
budgets to close warfighting and readiness gaps and support our people, the cost to
man, operate, and equip our force has never been greater and continues to rise.
national security remains closely linked to our economy, and in the coming year, we will
continue to take bold steps to improve the efficiency of our operations and the
effectiveness of our warfighting capability and capacity.
My guidance for this year reaffirms my three focus areas to build the future force
maintain our warfighting readiness
, and develop and support our Sailors, Navy civilians,
and their families
My 18 intentions endure and I will continue my emphasis on the
following five in the year ahead: