We are faced today with an uncommon array of military challenges and opportunities. At home we are experiencing financial constraints as our nation seeks to get its fiscal house in order. Overseas, instability continues in the Middle East and North Africa, Iran pursues nuclear weapons, and maritime territorial disputes persist in the East and South China Seas. At the end of more than 12 years at war, the continuing drawdown of our troops in Afghanistan provides an opportunity to reset our force and refocus our efforts on emerging challenges. We intend to leverage this combination of factors to revise how our Navy–Marine Corps team trains, operates, and fights.
A New Naval Era
How does a maritime nation create an insurance policy against the unpredictable hazards of a changing world? With a Navy–Marine Corps team dedicated to redefining the contours of tomorrow’s naval force today, that’s how.
By Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy, and General James F. Amos, U.S. Marine Corps