Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson recently asserted that “America is a maritime nation, and our prosperity is tied to our ability to operate freely in the maritime environment. Today’s strategic environment is increasingly globalized and increasingly competitive.”1 Thus, the enduring role of the U.S. Navy takes on even greater importance, complicated by emerging threats from a diverse range of potential competitors and adversaries to include near-peer competitors exerting greater maritime influence. To maintain superiority in the maritime domain, the Navy must act with a sense of urgency. This effort requires prioritization and focus—both in how we evolve our operating concepts and how we affordably deliver emerging technologies.
The Next Act: Bravo, Romeo!
As U.S. naval aviation accelerates integration of its maritime warfighting capability, helicopter maritime strike brings 30 years of experience to the fight.
By Rear Admiral Jeff Hughes, Commander Matt Schnappauf, and Commander Tom Foster, U.S. Navy