WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presented the Navy's Position Report for 2012 at the National Press Club Speakers Luncheon Nov. 16.
During the live press event the Navy's top admiral discussed many of emerging issues facing today's Navy. Greenert also explained the rebalance strategy for naval operations toward the Asia Pacific region.
Greenert reflected on the current progress made toward the vision he presented in his "Sailing Directions" when he took the helm of the Navy 14 months ago.
"I wanted to make sure our folks in the Navy, from the wardroom to the boardroom, to the ready room... are focusing on the things that are really important," Greenert said.
His three tenets of Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready, provide the foundation for all Navy planning and the decision-making.
"Operating forward means using innovative ways to make sure that the ships that we have are where we need them to be," said Greenert.
During the luncheon, Greenert addressed four emerging issues that most affect mission readiness within the Navy. Greenert, troubled by sexual assaults stated that the Navy would continue to focus on training and awareness.
"Sexual assault is a safety issue, everyone deserves a safe place to work," he said. "We need to treat it as a crime, because that is what it is," he added.
Greenert also addressed the creeping increase of suicide among Sailors in recent years.
"We have to address [suicide], we have to empower our sailors to be able to deal with stress, and we have to look out for each other and we have to view and embed that in all of our Shipmates," said Greenert.
Greenert talked about was operational tempo (OPTEMPO) and how it will shift from a unit view to an individual view (ITEMPO), in which each Sailor's requirements to be effective will be reviewed.
"We need to look at our OPTEMPO from the perspective of our people," said Greenert. "It's important for the health of our force," he said.
The last issue Greenert discussed was manning. Greenert said the Navy's manpower is under the purview and recommendations of leadership in the fleet and numbers in specific ratings are being adjusted accordingly.
Additional initiatives that will be pursued in the future will focus on EM technology and unmanned systems.
Finally, Greenert discussed his operate forward, strategic guidance and the Navy's rebalance to the Asia Pacific.
"It's not about creating ships- it's operating forward in innovative ways that make sense," said Greenert.
Greenert said the shift of 60-percent of the Navy's forces to the West Coast and Pacific is a logical decision considering the rising number of growing nations in that area, both militarily and economically. The shift will leave 40 percent of the naval force on the East Coast, in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East.
"Ships are important and they are a good measure, but there's so much more as we look toward the future and we meet the requirement of our defense strategic guidance in this regard," he said.