In a deep fog, with roles and missions and money and politics and other big ships plowing headlong, intent on running us down, we need to navigate smartly, to think, to articulate, and finally to realize this Navy’s proper course in our nation’s defense. We must recognize some fundamentals if we are to avoid the crash. Five short blasts are in order.
We have great expectations: a Navy forward, ready, and supporting not just national security objectives, but political and increasingly economic concerns as well; carrier battle groups poised to move and strike at a moment’s notice; Marines and material strategically positioned around the globe; tens of thousands of young Americans working hard every day to support the pointy end of a very long spear. And today’s Navy is getting it done, day in and day out, around the corner and around the globe.