CNO 2011 Guidance

CNO 2011 Guidance - October 2010 CNO Guidance for 2011...

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1 October 2010 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. Our 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 respond globally. 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 Central Command. 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. Naval 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. Our 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:
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2 Continue to be the dominant, ready naval force across all maritime missions. Build a Navy with appropriate force structure and strategic laydown.
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