I recently issued the “Navigation Plan” [Nav Plan], a follow-on document to “Sailing Directions,” that describes the Navy’s budget submission for Fiscal Years 2013-2017. The Nav Plan is designed to update you on our budget. Our budget decisions were guided by the defense strategic guidance and “Sailing Directions”. The Nav Plan provides details on how we will execute this guidance, highlighting our investments through the lens of my three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready.
Similar to your personal finances, the Navy’s budget reflects what is most important to us now, and in the future. We were issued finite resources to plan to, and made trade-offs and tough choices to balance current readiness against procurement and manning. We’ll use the Nav Plan to build a Navy that is agile and capable. I expect this plan to be a priority for everyone and communicated at all levels, to help ensure we reach its objectives together.
One thing is certain, now and beyond the horizon – our Navy is in high demand around the world. We are becoming the COCOM’s choice to assure friends or deter potential adversaries. The demand for forces will evolve, and so we’ll be prepared to adjust our Nav Plan accordingly. Feedback from the Fleet and shore commands is an essential part of this process. I look forward to keeping you informed of our progress in the format of “position reports” via this blog and my Facebook page.
Your Navy will continue to be critical to our nation’s security and prosperity. I am committed to ensuring that our Navy perseveres, and continues to prevail. I am grateful for your service, thank you.
JONATHAN W. GREENERT
Admiral, U.S. Navy