Mitigating the risk—inherent in any change—to the strike group will depend upon creative use of legacy assets, innovation in tactics, technology infusion, and redefined roles until new platforms become available.
In his 2005 Guidance, then Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark set a clear course: "Bringing the fight to our enemies is our mission. Transforming us and our great institution for the dangerous decades ahead is our imperative. Our task: Prevail today while bridging to a successful future."1 Any career sea officer now in a carrier or expeditionary strike group knows well that their current resources present challenges and risks in the near term that have not been previously faced. To move forward, today's naval leaders at every level must accept the challenge with innovative new approaches to the conduct of naval warfare by breaking existing paradigms and aggressively re-examining tactics and roles, seeking to incorporate new technology, and accelerating the transformation of our existing legacy platforms while awaiting the new platforms that will make Sea Power 21 a reality.
Not Your Father's Battle Group