Posture of the Department of the Navy, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 15, 2016 [open pdf - 3MB]
This testimony compilation is from the March 15, 2016 hearing on "Posture of the Department of the Navy" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of Raymond E. Mabus, Jr: "Every year, as we review our current posture, we must ask ourselves, as a Department, as a military, and as a nation, how to balance our national security demands. We face an increasing array of threats, conflicts and challenges around the globe, even as our fiscal and budgetary situation continues to strain resources. Consistently, when a crisis occurs, the leaders of this country want immediate options, so they ask for the Navy and Marine Corps, for our carrier strike groups and our amphibious ready groups, for our Sailors and Marines, for our presence. With 90 percent of global trade traveling by sea, 95 percent of all voice and data being transferred under the ocean and more than 80 percent of the world's population living within 60 miles of the sea, there is no question that now, more than ever, we are living in a maritime century." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Raymond E. Mabus, Jr., John M. Richardson, and Robert B. Neller.
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