This Posture Statement discusses the Department of the Navy's mission, the Naval Services' accomplishments during the past year, our direction for the future, and the priorities that must guide our decision-making.
Last year, the Navy and Marine Corps conducted intensive operations in support of U.S. national strategy to shape the international security environment, to respond to the full range of crises, and to prepare for future challenges. Naval forces contributed heavily to operations in Kosovo, continued high-intensity operations in support of Operation Southern Watch, and participated in numerous humanitarian operations, while continuing to provide routine forward presence and engagement worldwide. Significantly, despite heavy operational requirements, naval assets were drawn mostly from normally deployed rotational forces rather than surge deployments.
Even while heavily engaged in current operations, the Naval Services continue to lay the groundwork for the transition to the naval forces of the future. The Navy and the Marine Corps are closely examining the strategic, technological, operational, and organizational implications of the future security environment in preparation for the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review. We are working systematically to take advantage of the latest advances in information technologies as they pertain to all aspects of our operations, assets and activities. Both services are significantly invested in organizations and processes dedicated to fostering innovation and successful transformation on an ongoing basis. All these efforts help drive the Department's modernization and recapitalization efforts.
While keeping a weather eye toward the future, we also address more immediate issues associated with current readiness. We are cautiously optimistic that the recent compensation improvements as well as various "Smart Work" and other quality-of-life measures initiated by the Services are having the desired impact on recruitment and retention problems. We see some improvement in our effort to reduce maintenance and spare parts backlogs. And we remain heavily committed to implementation of the Revolution in Business Affairs and exploration of various efficiencies throughout its many activities.
We invite you to read the discussion of these themes. You will see that ready Naval Services remain vital to the Nation's present and future security.