The US Navy remains at a crossroads between the grueling demands of global presence and necessary investments in cutting-edge warfighting capabilities. The 2017 defense budget decisively invests in a naval fleet that is more capable, but smaller. Meanwhile, the Navy’s new maritime strategy exhorts sailors to prepare to fight and win in naval combat against peer competitors such as China and Russia. Although the fleet will remain under 300 ships, combatant commanders still demand a three-hub Navy because of aggression in Europe, the Middle East, and the Western Pacific.
How will the Navy cope? Alongside technical solutions, how can the Navy develop new leaders and concepts of operation to maintain its fighting edge? Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson discusses the US Navy and Marine Corps with AEI’s Jim Talent.