Adm. Lisa Franchetti, Chief of Naval Operations, recently addressed her strategic priorities in the document “America’s Warfighting Navy” at the Surface Navy Association’s National Symposium on January 9, 2024. The revealed priorities define the United States Navy’s identity, mission, and future orientation, emphasizing its role as a global force dedicated to peace, crisis response, and decisive victory in conflict.
Preserving Peace, Crisis Response, and Decisive Victory
“America’s Warfighting Navy” begins by defining the United States Navy as the most potent navy globally, comprising dedicated Sailors and Civilians committed to character, competence, and mission dedication. It underscores the Navy’s service ethos, shaped by the sea and guided by honor, courage, and commitment.
The document articulates the Navy’s core functions: preserving peace, responding to crises, and achieving decisive victories in war. It highlights the Navy’s extensive operations globally, covering diverse domains like the seabed, space, cyberspace, and the information environment. The aim is to promote the nation’s prosperity and security while deterring aggression and offering options to national leaders.
Acknowledging the evolving strategic environment, the priorities stress the changing nature of threats the nation faces. The Navy anticipates and prepares for real and growing threats, emphasizing the need to defend the homeland, deter strategic attacks, and address challenges posed by formidable adversaries like the People’s Republic of China and Russia. The document emphasizes the imperative to move swiftly, stay ahead, and continually create warfighting advantages.
Strategic Focus: Warfighting, Warfighters, and Foundation
Franchetti‘s priorities focus on Warfighting, Warfighters, and the Foundation supporting them. It highlights the need to deliver decisive combat power, strengthen the Navy team, and build a robust foundation that includes trust-building, resource alignment, and readiness.
The document concludes with a resolute charge, recognizing the nation’s reliance on the Navy to deter aggression, defend national security interests, and preserve its way of life. The Navy aims to operate cohesively, emphasizing the importance of trust, aligned resources, and readiness, delivering warfighting excellence.
As Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti sets the course for the United States Navy through “America’s Warfighting Navy” priorities, the strategic focus on warfighting prowess, empowering warfighters, and establishing a solid foundation underscores the Navy’s commitment to meet evolving challenges. The call to move forward with purpose and urgency signals a collective effort to ensure the Navy delivers what the nation needs in the current dynamic global landscape.