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DON Objectives for 2008 Released

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Story Number: NNS071015-06
Release Date: 10/15/2007 4:15:00 PM


From the Department of the Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps issued a joint document on Oct. 9 publishing objectives for the Department of the Navy for fiscal year 2008.

As summarized in an ALNAV 071/07 message, the leadership of the Navy and Marine Corps described the strategic value of the 2008 DON objectives and explained their intent to personally track them. They set a high priority on providing a total naval workforce capable and optimized to support the national defense strategy. This objective includes building active Marine Corps end-strength and providing high quality support services to naval personnel and their families.

The leadership of the Department of the Navy also highlighted the requirement to utilize the Navy and Marine Corps to aggressively prosecute the global war on terrorism, which includes providing combatant commanders with skilled forces for full spectrum operations; optimizing naval contribution to Special Operations Forces; and supporting Joint IED Defeat Office efforts to field working solutions to IED threats.

The objectives emphasized building the Navy and Marine Corps force for the future to include numerous programs and processes, such as implementing a strategy for Marine Corps modernization and reconstitution; operationalizing theater ballistic missile defense naval capability; and delivering maritime domain awareness capability.

The importance of integrating safety and risk management into all on and off-duty evolutions was included in the 2008 DON objectives. This emphasis on safety is intended to establish DON as an organization with a world-class record where no mishap is accepted as the cost of doing business.

The need to strengthen ethics as a foundation of exemplary conduct within the Department of the Navy and providing first-rate facilities to support stationing, training and operations of naval forces was also stressed.

New this year was an objective that set a high priority on providing first rate facilities to support stationing, training, and operations for the Navy and Marine Corps.

To review the 2008 DON objectives in its entirety, visit

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