Our maritime strategy, A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower (CS21), was a significant milestone for the U.S. Sea Services – the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. CS21 defined the purpose and application of seapower in the 21st century and was our nation’s first tri-service maritime strategy.
Much has changed in the five years since CS21 was published; for example we ended the war in Iraq and began the drawdown of operations in Afghanistan. We reduced our defense budgets to help get our nation’s fiscal house in order. And, we are beginning to rebalance toward the Pacific even as we continue to address challenges in the Middle East in cooperation with our European allies.
These developments in our fiscal, geopolitical and security environment require that we revise CS21 to align it with the ends, ways and means of seapower today. I have begun this effort in consultation with my fellow Sea Service chiefs, General James Amos of the U.S. Marine Corps and Admiral Robert Papp of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Specifically, we intend that this revision:
- Reflect changes in the geostrategic and fiscal environment since 2007
- Emphasize warfighting as the primary mission of the Sea Services, while maintaining and promoting an international cooperative approach to maritime security
- Define how American seapower supports the U.S. defense strategy
The CS21 revision will reflect the latest defense and national security guidance, including the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, my Sailing Directions and Navigation Plan, and the equivalent documents from the USMC and USCG.
I will keep you updated on the status of this effort and encourage you to join in the conversation about maritime strategy both here and in other online forums.
JONATHAN W. GREENERT
Admiral, U.S. Navy