The United States has the greatest navy in the world. Free passage over the high seas is largely due to substantial taxpayer investment and the blood, sweat, and tears of extraordinary sailors and Marines. In the face of decreasing budgets, rapidly evolving threats, and a shift in national defense strategy that demands more than ever from our naval forces, it’s imperative that every dollar spent increases warfighting capability.
I believe that a view of the outcomes really helps us understand where best to invest resources. With a fixed Department of Defense budget, the only way we will afford our future without stripping away force structure is to consistently deliver integrated warfighting capabilities (networked platforms, sensors, and weapons that can operate seamlessly in a systems-of-systems [SoS] environment) to create desired mission-level effects.