Document: CNO’s Navigation Plan 2014 to 2018

August 16, 2013 3:11 PM

From the document issued on Aug. 16, 2013:
A Navigation Plan draws from Sailing Directions to describe in greater detail how a ship will use its resources to safely and effectively sail to a new destination. Similarly, CNO’s Navigation Plan describes how Navy’s budget submission for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-2018 pursues the vision of the CNO’s Sailing Directions. It highlights our investments that support the missions outlined in our defense strategic guidance (DSG), Sustaining U.S. Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense, viewed through the lens of my three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready. This Navigation Plan defines the course and speed we will follow to organize, train, and equip our Navy over the next several years.

We are evaluating adjustments to our FY2014 budget due to the potential for a Continuing Resolution and the onset of Sequestration. This will challenge our ability to sustain some of the warfighting investments, forward presence and readiness described below. Regardless of reductions, we will continue to operate forward with ready forces, where it matters, when it matters. I will update this Navigation Plan if our course changes substantially and will issue a Position Report based on a “fix” later this year.

Our first consideration is the ability to fight and win today, while building the ability to win tomorrow; it is why we have a Navy. Our budget continues efforts to invest in capabilities to address near- term challenges and develop future capabilities needed to conduct DSG missions in the most likely scenarios. Navy focuses in particular on deterring and defeating aggression and assuring access by implementing the Air-Sea Battle (ASB) concept.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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