Both cost- and combat-effective, the guided-missile submarine (SSGN) will be a bridge to future joint, strike, special operations, and integrated naval and undersea warfare.
The attacks of 11 September 2001 provided impetus for profound change. They demonstrated our vulnerability to asymmetric threats, crystallized our resolve, and vaulted transformation of our military to a position of unquestioned importance for the United States. The global war on terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom have focused military planning further and have given us a better understanding of what transformation means and what it must do. Accordingly, the Chief of Naval Operations has articulated a vision for our Navy—"Sea Power 21"—that provides a road map for the future under three overarching themes: Sea Strike, Sea Shield, and Sea Basing, linked by a common operating picture facilitated by ForceNet.