CNO Releases 'A Design for Maintaining
From Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs.
Washington D.C. – (NNS)
– January 5, 2016 – Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson released 'A Design for
Maintaining Maritime Superiority,' Jan. 5, a document that addresses how the
Navy will adapt to changes in the security environment and continue to fulfill
To read A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority click here.
The term 'design' refers to the document's built-in flexibility, recognizing
the rapid rate of change occurring in both technology and the maritime domain.
Adm. John Richardson and (MCPON) Mike
Stevens answer Sailors' questions during an all-hands call
"This guidance frames the problem and a way forward, while acknowledging that
there is inherent and fundamental uncertainty in both the problem definition and
the proposed solution," said Richardson.
"As we move forward, we'll respect that we won't get it all right, and so
we'll monitor and assess ourselves and our surroundings as we go. We'll learn
and adapt, always getting better, striving to the limits of performance."
The CNO's design reaffirms the Navy's mission, describes the strategic
environment and identifies four lines of effort, each with corresponding
objectives to guide the actions of the Navy and its leaders.
The four lines of effort are the following:
- Strengthen Naval Power at and from Sea
- Achieve High Velocity Learning at Every Level
- Strengthen our Navy Team for the Future
- Expand and Strengthen our Network of Partners
The document also details four 'Core Attributes' that serve as guiding
criteria for command decisions in decentralized operations: integrity,
accountability, initiative, and toughness.