In Naval Aviation Vision 2010, the Naval Aviation Enterprise describes how it supports the Navy's A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower (CS21) through forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power-projection, maritime security, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief. These capabilities underpin naval aviation's seamless integration into the Navy's portion of the nation's maritime partnership-and-security strategy. But by virtue of its dominance above the sea, naval aviation is well-suited for broader partnerships beyond those possible in the maritime domain. The Navy has the opportunity in a very deliberate manner to take CS21 a step further by harnessing naval aviation's core abilities for an innovative, aviation-focused partnership capability.
Beyond the Sea and Into the Sky
The development of international partnerships is a key to maintaining naval aviation's 21st-century relevance; similar Air Force programs can help with the blueprint.
By Commander Philip Walker, U.S. Navy