The geographical position of our country—centrally located between Europe and Asia with access to the world’s dominant oceans—offers strategic advantages afforded to few other nations. In a globally connected economy this intersectional position presents the United States with significant opportunities to exchange goods widely and inexpensively. It also presents opportunities for us to influence, if not impose, conditions that are favorable to U.S. interests. To preserve the flow of goods and defend the nation requires a capable naval force.
Operating from the sea with a multi-domain force has many advantages. Forces at sea are not encumbered by occupation issues and thus can use time and maneuver as an advantage to employ a wide array of effects during periods of peace or war. For this reason navies are an integral part of national policy and power. This dual nature—part statecraft, part lethal force—is an ideal combination for preventing and winning wars. To fulfill these functions our Navy–Marine Corps team is designed to maintain forward presence and deliver decisive sea power on a global scale.