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Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Addresses Expeditionary Warfare Conference

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Story Number: NNS071024-07
Release Date: 10/24/2007 4:36:00 PM

 

From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs

PANAMA CITY, Fla (NNS) -- The new U.S. martime strategy "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower" was discussed at the 12th Annual Expeditionary Warfare Conference, in Panama City Oct. 23.

Adm. Jonathan Greenert, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command briefed the 600 attendees on the new U.S. maritime strategy, which elevates war prevention to the same level of importance as warfighting, at the National Defense Industrial Association sponsored event to examine issues facing the forces of today and to prepare for future challenges.

Greenert said it was especially important that this new strategy be briefed to the industry and DoD leaders at this event, because the trust and cooperation that exists between the military services and industry is paramount to the strategy's success.

"Industry is critically important in executing our new maritime strategy," Greenert said. "We need forums like this to discuss future challenges, explore the capabilities needed, and to determine the technological feasibility of developing those capabilities. Furthermore, we need to ask ourselves how we can be more innovative in the way we partner."

The strategy integrates seapower with other elements of national power in addition to that of friends, partners and allies. It states that protecting the homeland and winning the nation's wars is matched by a corresponding commitment to preventing war. Additionally, it codifies the requirement for continued development and application of existing core capabilities of forward presence, deterrence, sea control and power projection, while recognizing the need for expanded capabilities of maritime security and humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

This is the first time a unified maritime strategy has been signed by all three of the sea services.

"This strategy really commits our maritime services to a higher level of cooperation with the world," Greenert said. "But it also commits a higher level of cooperation with our citizens. There was a lot of work done to create a product that is meant to be able to be read by a citizen of the United States and allow them to understand what our maritime strategy is. It reflects the expectation of the people of the United States to be a strong maritime force to protect our homeland, and work with partners around the world to secure and stabilize the global waterways that are critical to our prosperity."

The strategy codifies the requirement for continued development and application of existing core capabilities of forward presence, deterrence, sea control and power projection, while recognizing the need for expanded capabilities of maritime security and humanitarian assistance and disaster response.



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