Magazine article National Defense

Navy's Revised Strategy to Emphasize 'Global Partnerships'

Magazine article National Defense

Navy's Revised Strategy to Emphasize 'Global Partnerships'

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In its soon-to-be-unveiled strategy for future maritime operations, the Navy will emphasize the importance of international partnerships and global naval presence.

In June, the Navy is expected to publish an updated strategy document that will reflect the post 9/11 security challenges, and articulate the role of maritime forces--including Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard--in defending U.S. interests.

"We are half-way through the development process," said Navy Cmdr. Bryan McGrath, who has worked closely with senior officers in charge of writing the new strategy.

In a series of seminars the Navy hosted in recent months to engage outsiders--analysts, academics and regular citizens--one of the predominant themes was the importance of securing global commerce, which is key to the nation's prosperity, McGrath said in an interview.

Global commerce not only requires a steady U.S. naval presence that is forward deployed, but also strong partnerships with allies around the world, McGrath noted.

More than a year ago, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael G. Mullen introduced the notion of a "1,000-ship Navy" as a way to illustrate the point that the U. …

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