SECNAV Del Toro Outlines Top Priorities on Maritime Dominance, People, Strategic Partnerships

08 October 2021
WASHINGTON – The Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, released his strategic guidance today to inform all activities within the Department of the Navy to include planning, investments, budgeting, and prioritization of personnel and resources.

WASHINGTON (Oct. 8, 2021) Cover of released strategic guidance by Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro.  (U.S. Navy graphic)
WASHINGTON (Oct. 8, 2021) Cover of released strategic guidance by Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro. (U.S. Navy graphic)
WASHINGTON (Oct. 8, 2021) Cover of released strategic guidance by Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro.  (U.S. Navy graphic)
Cover for Strategic Guidance from Secretary of the Navy
WASHINGTON (Oct. 8, 2021) Cover of released strategic guidance by Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro. (U.S. Navy graphic)
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The One Navy-Marine Corps Team: Strategic Guidance articulates Del Toro’s vision to build, train and equip the Naval Forces to deter, and if necessary win conflicts and wars in support of the defense strategy and national security priorities.

“We have to make the right investments today, so that we have the right capabilities tomorrow to deter and defeat any adversary,” said Del Toro. “We must act with urgency now as we rise to meet unprecedented challenges, and it’s this sense of urgency that’s the driving force behind the strategic guidance for the Department.”

Del Toro’s top priorities – maintaining maritime dominance, empowering our people, and strengthening strategic partnerships – builds on Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin’s vision of integrated deterrence, with an agile and ready force.

“Maximizing the Navy and Marine Corps maritime dominance in an era of strategic competition will define the Department’s mission for the next several years,” said Del Toro. “Our global economy, and the self-determination of free nations everywhere, especially in the Indo-Pacific, depends on sea power.”

The strategic guidance also builds on Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger’s Force Design 2030 to modernize the expeditionary posture of the Marine Corps and implements Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday’s Navigation Plan to expand our fleet capabilities for distributed operations.

“Implementation of this guidance is critical,” added Del Toro. “Building the future capability we need to compete globally while taking care of our Sailors, Marines and military personnel requires a fully integrated Navy and Marine Corps team.”

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