Surface Force Strategy: Return to Sea Control   [open pdf - 5MB]

"As today's leading naval power, we cannot afford to lose our Nation's seapower edge. The U.S. Navy is responding to global challenges under the leadership of the Chief of Naval Operations and is guided by the precepts of our 'Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority.' Responding to the call to 'strengthen naval power at and from the sea,' the U.S. Naval Surface Force submits this 'Surface Force Strategy.' The strategy describes the return to sea control and implementation of Distributed Lethality as an operational and organizational principle for achieving and sustaining sea control at will. Sea control is the precondition for everything else we must do as a navy. Distributed Lethality reinforces fleet initiatives that drive collaboration and integration across warfighting domains. Distributed Lethality requires increasing the offensive and defensive capability of surface forces, and guides deliberate resource investment for modernization and for the future force. Providing more capabilities across surface forces yields more options for Geographic Combatant Commanders in peace and war. In order to achieve the desired outcome of this strategy, we must rededicate the force to attain and sustain sea control, retain the best and the brightest, develop and provide advanced tactical training, and equip our ships with improved offensive weapons, sensors, and hard kill/soft kill capabilities. Pursuing these ends will enhance our capability and capacity to go on the offensive and to defeat multiple attacks. By providing a more powerful deterrent, we will dissuade the first act of aggression, and failing that, we will respond to an attack in kind by inflicting damage of such magnitude that it compels an adversary to cease hostilities, and render it incapable of further aggression."

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