More on the Admiral HERE.
November is the Navy's focus month for Native Americans. Nice to learn more about our heritage.
"We have established a process - fully integrated with the Marine Corps - that allows us to make more informed decisions regarding the investments we are making. By aligning our process, the Naval Capability Development Process, under the "pillars" of Sea Power 21: Sea Shield, Sea Strike, Sea Basing and FORCEnet, we are able to programmatically and fiscally transform these concepts into Naval Capabilities. It also allows us to take an approach that develops 'warfighting wholeness' across the full range of appropriation accounts. ""By 'warfighting wholeness' I mean a balanced approach to current readiness and future readiness across the spectrum of warfighting mission capabilities. Maximizing our aggregate warfighting capability, or creating 'warfighting wholeness,' was our overarching goal as we developed our recommendations for the budget request."
Vice Admiral John Nathman, April 2003, Congressional testimony
"Warfighting Wholeness replaces sub-optimal stovepipes".
From the CNO's Vision
Naval Capability Development Process
The Naval Capability Development Process allows the Navy to develop “warfighting wholeness” to achieve balance among the pillars of Sea Power 21 in a manner that focuses investment across the full range of appropriation accounts.
This process incorporates strategic guidance from Strategic Planning Guidance, Transformation Planning Guidance, National Security Strategy, and Joint Operating, Functional, and Integrating Concepts. Capability development is derived from various warfighting scenarios that look across the next 15 to 20 years. Force capability metrics – “What it takes for the maritime component of the Joint force to win…” – help determine the best way to identify the capabilities that meet the metrics within available resources.
The analytical insights then focus investment not only in acquisition programs (including research and development) but also in science and technology. The Chief of Naval Research plays an important role in developing transformational capabilities that one day will contribute significantly to achieving warfighting wholeness.
Admiral Cosgriff, Congressional Testimony
|In a fresh and engaging style, Admiral Winnefeld explains how the Navy's assignment and promotion systems work and details how on-the-job performance plays a key role in both. His advice is timeless, and his retirement status allows him to be completely candid. The book draws from many experts and astute observers of the Navy's system for advancing its best officers. For every officer aspiring to get the most out of his or her career, this book is must reading.|
"The skills and the abilities that are taught at this school are the foundation of the future of warfighting that we will do as a Navy and as a nation."
"The importance of cyber operations, electronic warfare all the things that we are doing here are preparing a future set of leaders in the Navy that will go out and bring these new capabilities to an ever-important warfighting area throughout the fleet. We are making efforts to increase the throughput of all these schools and bring the very latest in technology and learning methodologies and concepts to prepare us for the future."
|Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recognizes the Joint Staff Action Officers of the Month at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2010. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)|
It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.
A bit of nostalgia from the December 1974 edition of PROCEEDINGS magazine from USNI. The article was written by Lieutenant Commander P.M. Shepherd, USN. He was commissioned under the Integration or "seaman to admiral" Program. From 1971-1972 he served as a shipboard advisor to the Vietnamese Fleet Command."God must love the surface line officer, He has made so many of them. And, throughout the long history of the U.S. Navy, their faces have been different but the color of their shoes has remained the same. BLACK. Beautiful black! Yet, fashions change and, for most of the past two centuries, the Black Shoe has been supplanted by seemingly faster steppers. But black is back. And ain't no-body better step on them no more!"