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CEO Notes

March 2024
The Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy, will join us on Wednesday, 13 March, for the next event in our Maritime Security Dialogue series.
With all the services facing manning challenges, it might be time to revisit the health conditions—some that are manageable or even curable—that would disqualify a potential recruit from military service.

Recruit Medical Standards Are Out of Touch

By Commander Brian Sattler, U.S. Coast Guard
March 2024
The services should revisit the list of disqualifying medical, physical, and mental heath conditions and ask whether a condition reasonably should prevent someone from serving in the armed forces.
A Marine Corps unmanned systems operator on the USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19). Marine detachments equipped with small and medium-sized unmanned systems deployed on board Navy warships could provide an organic aviation and over-the-horizon ISR capability.

Augment the Fleet with Marine Corps UASs

By Captain Walker Mills, U.S. Marine Corps, and Lieutenant Commanders Collin Fox and Dylan Phillips-Levine and Commander Trevor Phillips-Levine, U.S. Navy
March 2024
While every Marine is a rifleman, the high-end fight demands that every rifleman be ready to support the Navy fleet from the air, land, and sea.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) transits the Suez Canal in November to the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operations.

U.S. Navy in Review

By Robert Holzer and Dmitry Filipoff
March 2024
The Navy made good progress in 2023 on instilling a new sense of urgency in operations, acquisition, force development, and organizational transformation.
Marines with Marine Rotational Force—Darwin fire an M240B medium machine gun during training with Australian forces in August 2023.

U.S. Marine Corps in Review

By Lieutenant Colonel James W. Hammond III, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
March 2024
The year 2023 was one of continuity for the Marine Corps as Force Design 2030 continued to drive the planning for a potential high-end fight in a maritime environment.
An Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk flying near  Kodiak. In November, the Coast Guard accepted the first new-manufacture MH-60T hull from Sikorsky. The new hulls will extend the service life for the medium-range recovery helicopter fleet through the 2030s.

U.S. Coast Guard in Review

By Joe DiRenzo III and Commander Blair Sweigart, U.S. Coast Guard
March 2024
In 2023, the Coast Guard saw an uptick in national and international demand, carrying out missions from the Atlantic seafloor to the Indo-Pacific, from the Arctic to Maui.
Enginemen conduct maintenance on board the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). Navy leaders have to consider key decisions, such as when to share the workload among multiple departments, to meet evaluation dates and other deadlines.

Command Requires a Clear Philosophy

By Rear Admiral James B. Hinkle, U.S. Navy (Retired)
March 2024
Every prospective CO would do well to emulate Captain Rinn’s ability to make a hard command decision based on his instinct and well-thought-out command philosophy.
WAVES Seamen Second Class Elaine Olsen and Ted Snow learn to take down a radial aircraft engine block at Naval Air Station Lakehurst during World War II.

From Our Archive

March 2024
WAVES Seamen Second Class Elaine Olsen and Ted Snow learn to take down a radial aircraft engine block at Naval Air Station Lakehurst during World War II.

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