CNO Gilday Speaks at USNI's 2019 Defense Forum

Story Number: NNS191205-09Release Date: 12/5/2019 2:56:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday spoke on a panel at the U.S. Naval Institute’s 13th annual Defense Forum held at the Newseum, Dec. 5.

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Hon. Robert O. Work, moderated the panel.  

Each year, the conference invites senior military officers and members of Congress to address issues facing the Department of Defense. This year’s topic “Are We Building the Naval Power the Nation Needs,” provided an opportunity for Gilday to discuss his guidance to the fleet, along with other topics.

“Modern naval operations are in rapid transition, demanding the integrated, multi-domain capabilities of our fleets,” said Gilday. “Our fleets will be ready to fight and win at sea – keeping that fight forward, far from the homeland.”

Gilday  released his initial guidance to the fleet yesterday via a fragmentary order (FRAGO) that he wrote to simplify, prioritize, and build on the foundation of “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0” which was issued by Adm. John Richardson last December.

“We will focus our efforts and expand on the momentum we have gained as a Navy over the past two years, guided by both the National Defense Strategy and the National Military Strategy,” said Gilday.

Gilday told the audience that the Navy will focus on three principal areas: the warfighter, warfighting, and the future Navy.

“Mission One for every Sailor – active and reserve, uniformed and civilian – is the operational readiness of today’s Navy,” said Gilday. “Our nation expects a ready Navy – ready to fight today – and our commitment to the training, maintenance, and modernization that will also ensure a Navy ready for tomorrow. We will deliver this Navy.”

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday participates in a discussion panel during the Defense Forum Washington 2019.
191205-N-BB269-1032 WASHINGTON (Dec. 5, 2019) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday participates in a discussion panel during the Defense Forum Washington 2019 hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute. The conference invited senior military leaders, Department of Defense officials, members of Congress, and industry and civilian leaders to discuss this year's theme "Are We Building the Naval Power the Nation Needs?" (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Raymond D. Diaz III/Released)
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