"This report responds to your direction to conduct a Strategic Readiness Review following the recent tragic incidents involving U.S. 7th Fleet ships that resulted in significant loss of life and injury. The attached report contains specific recommendations for your consideration as you determine the way ahead for our nation's Navy. We assembled a team of senior civilian executives and former senior military officers to conduct the review. The team examined issues of governance, accountability, operations, organizational structure, and manning and training over the past three plus decades to identify trends and contributing factors that have compromised performance and readiness of the fleet. We considered stresses on the force over time, significant changes to training, risk management processes, and how Navy culture has evolved. Our team reviewed past incidents and accidents and conducted numerous interviews with subject matter experts from across the government and with relevant leaders from the private sector in our areas of interest. The team specifically sought experts who have dealt with and responded to similar operational circumstances and events. Our Strategic Review examined the findings of the CNO's [Chief of Naval Operations] Comprehensive Review and we largely concur with its recommendations, however our assessments, judgments and recommendations are independent of that work."
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