u.s. maritime strategy revision
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks with Mike Green, vice president of Asia and Japan studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about the Navy's rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region during a conference in Washington, D.C. PETER D. LAWLOR/U.S. NAVY

For the first time in seven years, the Navy and its sister services are set to release an updated version of their global maritime strategy.

Before the new maritime strategy is released it must be signed off on by service chiefs of the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps.

“We’re getting pretty close to that,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told audience members at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

According to Greenert an update was needed because of changes in the strategic environment as well as new policy guidance, including the 2012 national defense strategy and the 2014 quadrennial defense review.

According to Stripes.com:

   Since the last version of “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower” was released in 2007, China’s naval capabilities have surged and disruptive technologies such as cyberattacks have opened up new avenues of warfare. The Navy and the rest of the U.S. military also began an effort to execute a pivot to Asia while still dealing with crises in the Middle East and Europe.

Greenert said the need to leverage a “global network” of partner navies to achieve American aims will be a prominent theme in the revised strategy.

“Presence is the priority,” he emphasized. “The global network I think has to be tapped into, and we’ve got to bring as many coalitions to bear as possible. It’s our future I think in all operations outside of… defense of the homeland.”

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