The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard must be poised to prevail against ever-increasing threats posed by Russia and China, a white paper written by contributors from each service and published last month believe.
“The United States is a maritime nation. Our security and prosperity depend on the seas,” the document, entitled Advantage at Sea – Prevailing with an Integrated All-Domain Naval Power stated.
In a foreword, the three sea service chiefs – Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael M. Gilday, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl L. Schultz and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David H. Berger – point out that 60 percent of all forward-deployed Navy forces are operating in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The Marines are focusing more on enhanced expeditionary power, while the Coast Guard is expanding its global presence in “key vulnerable regions.”
The document also describes lesser but nonetheless serious threats posed by Iran, North Korea and violent extremist organizations – and the high stakes all potential aggressors put into play.
To meet the challenge, they wrote, the nation’s sea services must work as an integrated naval power capable of operating in all domains. Allied partnerships must be strengthened. Prevailing in day-to-day competitions and fielding a modern force are essential. The three maritime services must work together, as well as with the Army, Air Force and Space Force and international allies, to meet crises and conflicts and prevail.
Capabilities, information networks, training, plans, exercises, war games, investments and force design all must be directed at confronting the impending threats, the white paper stated.
“To prevail in long-term strategic competition, the naval service will promote a relentless rive to anticipate, think creatively, and lead through change,” the paper stated. “We cannot assume we will fight on our timelines, on our terms, from sanctuaries our opponents cannot reach, or with maritime superiority. Our success depends on boldly executing this strategy with collective resolve to preserve our advantage at sea.”