Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Mullen has challenged U.S. maritime forces to devise a strategy for and of our time, while nearly simultaneously challenging the world's navies, coast guards, and maritime industries to move to a higher level of collaboration for the benefit of all.
While these two efforts are related. they are fundamentally different.
The Maritime Strategy
The effort to define a new maritime strategy began with the CNO's speech to the June 2006 Current Strategy Forum in Newport, Rhode Island. Admiral Mullen speculated-notwithstanding the excellent vision statement, Sea Power 21, and periodic Quadrennial Defense Reviews-that the complex nature of the current security environment is probably the main reason that no major strategic review has been undertaken recently. The complexity of the job, however, is no excuse, he said.