Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower - Updated

The US Navy released its Maritime Strategy today. I've read it three times, and get a different set of thoughts each time. This blog is taking the advice of wise instruction, and will not be discussing the specifics of the Maritime Strategy until Monday, and will join the discussion at CDR Salamanders.

Like we did with the old Maritime Strategy with Maritime Strategy Monday Week 1, we are going to give everyone, especially the regulars, all the time they need to read it over and ponder their thoughts. As mentioned in the opening paragraph, we are going to interrupt the review of the '86 bit and shift our focus on the new Maritime Strategy.

Run off a copy of the new one and read it over between now and next Monday. Next Maritime Strategy Monday will be focused on the whole document. As before, I will pull out a few of the items that seemed to be of interest to me, and then open comments for everyone else.

I am not interested in being the first out of the block with comments on the web - but the one with the best comments - and not comments just by me - but by all the regulars and those who decide to join in.

Same rules apply; no getting ahead of your shipmates and posting your opinion on other posts before Monday. I look forward to it.

In the spirit of Maritime Strategy Monday, I offer up a quote to think about as you read through the new strategy.

Guided by the objectives articulated in the National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, National Military Strategy and the National Strategy for Maritime Security, the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard will act across the full range of military operations to secure the United States from direct attack; secure strategic access and retain global freedom of action; strengthen existing and emerging alliances and partnerships and establish favorable security conditions.

In that spirit, I offer the following materials as background and reference in developing the discussion.

A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower

Background Materials:

1986 Maritime Strategy

National Security Strategy

National Defense Strategy

National Military Strategy

National Strategy for Maritime Security

National Fleet Policy

Quadrennial Defense Review

Naval Power 21

Sea Power 21

Naval Operational Concept

...From the Sea

Forward...From the Sea

Maritime Strategy for Homeland Security

Marine Corps Strategy 21

One final thought. SJS started a discussion on Wednesday about the new strategy. He and I traded a few initial observations, but after we had a short word a commenter who claims to be involved in writing the document added something about a classified Navy Strategic Plan.

Update 1: Commander Bryan McGrath, USN, Director, Strategic Actions Group (OPNAV N3N5) who helped develop the new Maritime Strategy offers additional information.

To address your final thought, I am the poster to SJS that you cite. I will be working with SJS to post to his site some thoughts on the development of the strategy, etc. As for the Navy Strategic Plan, the September 2007 version was derived from this strategy. It is classified due to the risk guidance contained therein. Comparing the Maritime Strategy just released to the May 2006 version of the NSP would not make sense. Additionally, while the 2006 NSP was largely unclassified, the 2007 version is mostly classified. This is not due to a mania for classification, rather an increase in the effectiveness and relevance of the document. I realize there is a bit of frustration by some that implementation details of this strategy are classified, but I'm sure you can understand why. If readers are looking for a self-contained vision/roadmap/resources/tactics kind of corporate strategy, they won't find it here.

Commander Bryan McGrath, USN
Director, Strategic Actions Group (OPNAV N3N5)

For those interested, keep an eye on SJS's place for additional information. I intend to continue this discussion Monday over at CDR's place. Do your homework and join us there.

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