"Joint Vision 2020" is the Navy's template to guide the continuing transformation mandated by the National Security Strategy. It lists key goals for a Navy that will be dominant across the full continuum of military operations: persuasive in peace, decisive in war, and preeminent in any form. To accomplish this, the Navy of 2025 must focus on these operational concepts: dominant maneuver, precision engagement, focused logistics, full-dimensional protection, information operations, and joint command and control. There are two transformation concepts for the Navy's surface combatant force. The first concept, called streetfighter, stresses the development of low-cost, single-mission, modular ships with corvette-sized hulls that can operate in the littorals. The contrasting concept stresses multipurpose destroyers and cruisers that can operate in the open ocean and the littorals. To most reliably meet the needs of 2025 and beyond, the Navy should stay with the proven multimission warship design instead of the restrictive streetfighter concept.
The Streetfighter Concept