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16 Navy | Winter 2017 Mariners Deserve a New and Revised Maritime Strategy By Dale Lumme A s a new Administration begins to execute its agenda, it is important to understand the urgent need for a new and revised maritime strategy. e U.S. Navy released a revised force structure assessment that is the first shot across the bow for redefining our future national maritime strategy. Many questions remain with respect to new technologies and innovations, including unmanned air, surface and subsurface vehicles, and their integration into our new fleet architecture and national and mari- time strategies. Some of our recent budget iterations have come from tactical reactions to threats from terrorists, pirates, or rogue nation-state extremists. Long-term na- tional and maritime strategies are required. While the new force structure assessment informs a potential new fleet architecture, understanding where naval forces will operate in the future is essential to understanding the acceptable risks and why they must continue to be there in numbers. at understanding must be derived from a national maritime strategy that then drives budget. Our nation needs to move past our sequestered budgets that have driven our strategies. Congressman Duncan Hunter, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommit- tee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, has stated in multiple hearings that the strategic planning processes that determine risk-based mission priorities needs to be updated to better allocate resources for the maritime services to meet their national and homeland security missions. e outgoing Chairman of the House Armed Ser- vices Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, Chairman Randy Forbes (R-VA), warned of the perils of defining acceptable risk based on budgets, versus a thoroughly debated national security strategy. When it comes to maritime security, there is an urgent need for intra-governmental officials to develop and articulate a national maritime strategy as threats continue to grow and the world becomes more volatile. At a recent Navy League of the United States forum, Chairman Forbes stated that the United States has become more reactive as opposed to strategic. Articulating strategy is import- ant in order for Congress, U.S. allies and the American people to buy into our national security strategy and support it, and for any enemies to realize where the red MC2 CLASS PAOLO BAYAS Sailors observe fireworks behind the destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) to celebrate the new year from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.

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