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Maritime Strategy
"It’s been years since the Fourth Fleet has been in existence. It was a different time, it was a different world. The fleet then was established for the command and control of our forces that were engaged in a world war, but today it will command and control forces that are engaged in unprecedented levels of partnership and collaboration." (7 July 2008)
"Our carriers are extraordinarily busy, they’re deployed globally and are very, very effective in their ability to support our mission." (7 July 2008)
"Our ability to come from the sea with significant capability, I believe is something that will serve the nation and future coalitions very well. You’d expect me to say that because of the suit that I’m wearing but it really does give us the opportunity to be there, but not be there; to be able to project power, but be able to hold that power in reserve if in fact that’s what’s required." (3 July 2008)
"I do believe that at the end of the day the U.S. Navy’s contribution to strategic deterrence, to include extended deterrence will remain. Our ballistic missile submarines are a key part of the nuclear deterrence of the United States. " (July 2, 2009)
"Navies exist to provide for the safety, the security and the prosperity of their countries. Critical to all of our economies is the flow of resources and goods, the flow of trade on the world’s oceans, the importance of what we call the sea lines of communication. " (July 2, 2009)
"One of the things that’s very important to our Navy, to all navies, is the ability to understand what’s moving on the water and it’s a term that we refer to as maritime domain awareness. It’s of interest to all countries as to what is moving on the oceans, so we’re always making sure we know what’s out there. " (July 2, 2009)
"What weighs most heavily in my conversations, in my thinking and my work is planning not just for capability, but really coming to grips with capacity. One ship can only be in one place at one time. We are the smallest Navy that we have been since 1916, but our responsibilities are global and our interests will continue to require a global presence. " (June 16, 2009)
"Why is the maritime domain or why are the seas important? For me, I sum it up in about three words: it's about commerce, it's about communication and it's about resources. " (June 16, 2009)
"Sustaining our Navy’s maritime dominance requires the right balance of capability and capacity for the challenges of today and those we are likely to face in the future. It demands our Navy remain agile and ready. " (June 2, 2009)
"To support our nation’s global interests and responsibilities, our Navy must have the right balance of capability and capacity, across multiple regions of the world, to prevent and win in conflict today while providing a hedge against the challenges we are most likely to face tomorrow. " (June 3, 2009)
"The strategy recognizes the importance of naval partnerships, elevates the importance of preventing war to the ability to fight and win, and identifies six core capabilities: forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response. " (June 2, 2009)
"Achieving the right balance within and across my priorities is critical as we meet the challenges of today and prepare for those of tomorrow. We have seen more challenging times and we as a Navy and as a nation have emerged prosperous, secure and free. " (May 14, 2009 )
"The Fleet Response Plan has provided a strong mechanism to keep our force ready and our base budget augmented with contingency funding, provides the means to meet the increased operational requirements of the combatant commanders, while remaining the nation's strategic reserve. " (May 14, 2009)
"As CNO I focus on current operations, the future fleet and our people to ensure that we are a properly balanced Navy ready to answer the call now and in the decades to come. " (May 14, 2009)
"If we want to build the ships that we need to sail the seas to protect and advance our society, we must take the lead in showing others, in teaching others, about the immensity of our oceans, their value and their inexplicable link to our way of life. " (May 5, 2009)
"The Navy today is meant to win battles at sea, to be sure. But it is much, much more. The fleet must cover America’s responsibilities around the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and at an unforgiving pace of operations. " (May 5, 2009)
"The oceans are intrinsically important, even if they are remote for some. I am confident that we in the maritime community will work hard to build the ships our nation needs to assure allies, deter enemies and ensure free oceans. " (May 5, 2009)
"We are at an inflexion point. Now perhaps more than any other time in recent history. We have a unique privilege and an obligation to define what we see as our maritime requirements and a future that will ultimately define our Navy. " (May 5, 2009)
"We require unimpeded use of the sea and the global commons to conduct 90 percent of our trade. We use the cables on the ocean floor for 95 percent of intercontinental communications. We use the sea to project power ashore from our aircraft carriers, our amphibious ships, our destroyers and our submarines. " (May 5, 2009)
"At sea there are precious resources to be found, resources that keep our society running. In my mind, the oceans are like air -- vital to life -- except you do not notice it until it is gone. " (May 5, 2009)
"Cyber space is on the bottom of the ocean because 95 percent of what moves in cyber space moves on cables that rest on the bottom of the ocean. That’s the maritime domain. That’s the domain of the United States Navy. " (May 1, 2009)
"I believe that our involvement globally has to continue and the reason for that is our global interests will not wane. And if we have global interests therefore we must be a global Navy. The nation must have a global reach. That’s required to influence events and provide to the Commander in Chief options to which he has a basis to move." (May 1, 2009)
"The [maritime] strategy highlighted six capabilities that will remain at the fore for me, and it’s those six capabilities that as I look at a program or policy or some approach that we’re taking, if it doesn’t support as many of those capabilities as it possibly can then I begin to questions if we are on the right path. " (May 1, 2009)
"The foundation for maritime security will be maritime domain awareness -- knowing what’s moving on, under and above the ocean. " (May 1, 2009)
"I think clearly we’re going to be participating in counter-piracy operations for the foreseeable future. Regrettably that problem is not going to go away. It is something that affects all nations and all navies, so we’re going to continue our participation there. " (April 21, 2009)
"I think it’s important that as navies, as maritime forces operate the oceans of the world, that they operate in accordance with international law. There are times where some of the interpretations of that law may be a bit different, but I do believe that the most important thing as leaders of navies is that our operations and the encounters that take place between ships of our navies or maritime forces or other maritime activities are done in such a way that they are safe and that they do not jeopardize the ships and most importantly the men and women who sail on the ships. " (April 19, 2009)
"Our interest as a Navy in the world today is to ensure the free flow of commerce, to ensure the peaceful resolution of any disagreements that might take place, and to ensure that the seas are used in ways that contribute to the prosperity of all nations of the world. " (April 19, 2009)
"We have been very successful with our Aegis ballistic missile defense. Not just in terms of tracking missiles but also in tests that we have run. We have found that the Aegis weapon system and the missile that we use in ballistic missile defense has been extremely effective. " (April 19, 2009)
"Since the inception of the fleet readiness enterprise, I would say that the collaboration and the cooperation and the mutual support that the communities within the Navy enjoy is something that has evolved markedly and we’re a much, much better Navy as a result of that. " (April 14, 2009)
"As I look at who we are and what we do, we are able to be the global Navy that we are, and the global Marine Corps that we are, and the fighting force that we are because of the fact that we have an expeditionary capability." (April 1, 2009)
"We have used our Navy in exactly the way that we said we’d use it when we developed the Maritime Strategy…if you look at everything we said we were going to do we are doing it." (April 1, 2009)
"“Power projection – clearly our Navy is in that game. We’re right now about 14,000 [Sailors] on the ground in the Middle East and about 10,000 at sea. Power projection is part of who we are. Over 40 percent of the fixed wing sorties flying over Afghanistan are coming off the aircraft carrier, again it’s that global power that we can project." (April 1, 2009)
"A gray ship flying the American flag in every corner of the world is a statement about who we are, what we are interested in and how we assure and deter in the far reaches of the earth." (March 4, 2009)
"But we are also a global force who is able to influence events. We’re able to do that because we are a deployed force, an expeditionary force, and we are not a garrison force. And there is no better expeditionary force in the world today then the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps when they come together. Nothing comes close." (February 20, 2009)
"The Navy is really a service that operates in a very unique domain. And I call that a domain of commerce, communication and resources." (February 20, 2009 )
"The presence of our forces and coalition forces in the Gulf are enabling and allowing the flow of that very important commerce that takes place -- the energy resources coming out, the goods that are going in. And it's that naval force, the coalition naval force, that's there that is guaranteeing that free flow and the safety and security of those very precious commodities. That's what navies do. And the fact that we're operating in concert with our friends in the region and other nations who contribute to that coalition speaks to the essence of our maritime strategy, which is one of cooperation and collaboration." (12 February 2008)
"We can talk about presence, deterrence and maritime security, but the words ring hollow without the ships that we need to execute that strategy. Without enough ships off the coast of a potential adversary, without enough ships to pull into a strategic port regularly, without enough ships to patrol and protect important sea lanes, and without enough ships to quickly respond to crises or disasters, we as a nation are disadvantaged. " (01 February 2008)
"We can’t surge trust; trust must be built bit by bit. Trust must be a relationship that there’s no question that when there’s a need, you will step forward and stand by your partner. " (07 January 2008 )
"We have been too long without strategic guidance for our maritime forces. I am pleased to have been a part of this maritime strategy development. It is a strategy that charts the right course for our maritime services at this point in time." (13 December 07)
"Our Navy is on the right course and I could not be more proud of our Sailors’ performance in all of our operations around the world. Every Sailor is a stakeholder in the future of our Navy and each has a key role to play in executing the maritime strategy. " (06 December 2007)
"The free flow of commerce is absolutely essential for our prosperity and that of other nations. Piracy and other illegal activities disrupt the free flow of commerce. Our Navy, in cooperation with maritime forces of partner nations, is committed to keeping the world's waterways free from piracy, trafficking and terrorism." (01 November 2007)
"They [American people] also said that there was an expectation that our activities should be cooperation with other maritime forces around the world. In fact what came through is that our security and our prosperity is completely linked to the security and prosperity of other nations throughout the world. " (17 October 2007)
"The key to all of this is trust. And we believe that trust cannot be surged. Trust is not something that has a switch that you turn on and off. Trust is something we build over time. And trust is built through discussion, activities and through exercises, through initiatives that each of us may undertake and bring others into. It is built on seeking opportunities to work more closely together. And the key element of trust is people. " (17 October 2007)
"But you have also seen the response that we have been able to produce in disaster relief, and a movement toward the proactive humanitarian assistance in the deployment of our hospital ships to South America, South East Asia, the operation that Harry (ADM Ulrich, European Command) has coming up in Africa and so we are beginning to move down that path already. " (17 October 2007)
"I believe these are not just words because if you look at what our Navy/Marine Corps/Coast Guard has begun to do in the past couple of years we have begun to move into that area. You have seen us concentrate the power, the conventional power that gives us the forward presence, that provides the sea control and that provides the power projection. And we have continued to do that in ways that we have not in the past. " (17 October 2007)
"They're core capabilities that are enduring for navies and they have existed for centuries. They have been a part of our Navy and Marine Corps and our Coast Guard since the beginning. " (17 October 2007)
"We as naval leaders have many responsibilities, but as we developed our strategy we knew we must always be prepared to win wars and prevent wars. They (winning/preventing) are equally important to us. " (17 October 2007)
"There is no other mission in the United States Navy that requires greater care, greater attention to detail, greater exacting adherence to procedure than the nuclear deterrent mission of our nation. It is a responsibility that we have to our nation, to our Navy and indeed to the world." (February 19, 2009 )
"It’s been [over 60] years since the Fourth Fleet has been in existence. It was a different time. It was a different world. The fleet then was established for the command and control of our forces which were engaged in a world war. Today it will command and control forces that are engaged in unprecedented levels of partnership and collaboration. " ()
"The strategy aims to enhance maritime security in all areas of the world, and working cooperatively with other navies and other maritime services, so that we have a better sense of what is moving on the oceans. Being able to work cooperatively with other countries so that that information can move quickly back and forth, and appropriate decisions can be made assures the flow of the goods and services that feed economies around the world." ()
"Our presence, our maneuverability, our strength, and our ability to operate across the spectrum of operations in war and peace are what made our naval forces so valuable in the past and what will allow them to add value in the future. " ()
"The first rule of prevention is strength. Strength comes from the first four capabilities that we articulated in the maritime strategy: forward presence, deterrence, sea control and power projection. It comes from our aircraft carriers and our aircraft. It comes from our combatants and submarines, and it comes from our Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and our international partners." ()
"The ability for our Navy to be globally deployed, to be working with other countries and other navies and maritime services, has a significant contribution to the global maritime security. We have, as part of our recently issued strategy, codified the contributions that we can make in a proactive way to prevent conflict, to enhance maritime security, and to seek increased cooperation among maritime forces. We have demonstrated that this not just something we put in a strategy paper. We are out and about." ()
"The interest on the part of our international friends and partners has been very high. Many of them are in the process of developing their own strategies that very closely resemble our own. The fact that we have the strategy has allowed increased cooperation, which is actually what we hoped for. It really has allowed us to have a framework for other countries to participate." ()
"We do more than just respond; we prevent. In our maritime strategy we state that we believe that it is just as important to prevent wars as it is to win wars. That is done through our world wide presence, our well-trained Sailors and our very, very capable ships, airplanes and submarines." ()
"Our ability to come from the sea with significant capability, I believe, is something that will serve the nation and future coalitions very well. You’d expect me to say that because of the uniform that I’m wearing, but it really does give us the opportunity to project power, and also to hold that power in reserve if in fact that’s what’s required. " ()
"We believe that the future areas of interest are the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean region and the Arabian Gulf, because that it where our prosperities derive as well as the prosperities of our allies and friends and partners. So, the concentration there will be extremely important. We have to think about the trends that are occurring and to put in place the best options." ()
"The maritime strategy gets back to the essence of what a Navy does. Our Navy provides for the safety, the security and the prosperity of our country. And our Navy is a global Navy. It’s a Navy that’s a deterrent force. It’s a Navy that can control the sea, and it’s a Navy that can project power when we’re called upon." ()
"We see our naval forces and maritime forces being a force of good in the world through our humanitarian assistance and maritime security activities." ()
"Our strategy is really broad and it is forward looking. It envisions the world of tomorrow, a world that is much more connected, a world that is greatly dependant on the maritime domain for commerce and for security and for our prosperity and for the prosperity of those who cooperate in that strategy with us. " ()
"As you look at the commerce that we have going on in the world today, whether it’s moving goods on the ocean or moving natural resources: oil, ore and things like that. Over 90 percent moves on the world’s oceans. So, whether you are at a department store picking something off the shelf or putting gas in your car, chances are it has come to you from the sea. And the work that we do in assuring the safety and security on the world’s oceans enhances that prosperity." ()
"So much commerce in the world today moves on the water. Over 90 percent of everything that’s traded moves on the water and the secure sea lanes, and the ability for those resources to flow has an impact on cities in the United States and around the world." ()
"The stability that we provide and the cooperative work that we do has an effect on commerce. There’s no nation in the world that at some point does not depend on the flow of goods and resources on the world’s oceans. So we’re all affected, and that’s why I believe the strategy has resonated so well globally." ()
"The strategy is to enhance maritime security in all areas of the world, and by working cooperatively with other navies and other maritime services, we have a better sense of what is moving on the oceans. Being able to work cooperatively with other countries, so that that information can move quickly back and forth and appropriate decisions can be made, assures the flow of the goods and services that feed the economies of every country around the world." ()
"The ability for our Navy to be globally deployed, to be working with other countries, with other navies, with other maritime services, has a significant contribution to maritime security globally." ()
"The fact that we can move air power around the world, faster than any other service or any other nation, allows the Commander in Chief options that he otherwise wouldn’t have." ()
"Pirates don’t live at sea. Pirates live ashore. What needs to happen is a broader interagency approach that goes beyond a maritime or naval approach." ()
"The whole issue of piracy fits under the umbrella of maritime security. How do you prevent the oceans of the world from being used for unlawful means? How do you enable commerce to move freely, so that the consumers of the world aren’t paying higher premiums for the things that they use? That’s where the cooperative approach to maritime security comes in - being able to share information, being able to build a maritime picture, an understanding of what’s moving on, over, and under the seas. By working cooperatively, we can get at it." ()
"Piracy is only one of many elements of what I call trans-national criminal activity because if you’re using the seaways for piracy, they’re probably being used for drug trafficking, human smuggling, and arms smuggling. So, the way countries come together and solve this is important." ()
"We believe it’s just as important to prevent a war than win a war. (July 21 2009)" ()
"We clearly have a significant medical contribution into the fight and our doctors and our hospitals are forward and are taking great care of people. (July 21 2009)" ()
"If we as a Navy are to remain dominant in this information age, this cyber age, or whatever moniker you choose to put on, I think that we have to take advantage of the new opportunities that exist such as the vast stores of collected data. (October 01, 2009)" ()
"This change that we’re making, standing up the Tenth Fleet and the Fleet Cyber Command, the changes that we’re making here in Washington are really going to make the movement of information, the use of that information, the security of that information better for the Navy and for the individual Sailors, so it’s important that we all are on board as we move ahead." (September 9, 2009)
"Two years ago, we issued a maritime strategy. And in that maritime strategy, we talked about the capabilities that your Navy would put forth in the world in the coming years. One is to be a global Navy, to be forward, to be out, in and around the areas where we have interest and responsibilities. The other is to be a deterrent force." (October 21, 2009)
"I have no doubt that our Navy will continue to do the incredible work of our nation from preventing and prevailing in conflict to assuring our friends and our allies, ensuring the safety, the security and the prosperity of American trade. " (October 24, 2009)

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