WASHINGTON – For the first time since the Cold War, the Navy is being challenged in a meaningful way, according to its highest-ranking member. The U.S is in a competition to be the most powerful nation in the world.
Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said Monday that the U.S. and other countries are advancing faster than ever, bringing a need for new naval strategies. He focused on three forces the Navy faces during his speech at a National Press Club luncheon. Those forces are the physical maritime system, the information system and the increasing rate of technological creation.
“These forces, I think, are fundamentally important to being effective as a Navy, and as I said, I think change the character of the competition,” Richardson said.
Richardson, who has been in the Navy for 33 years, became chief of Naval operations in September.
Richardson referred to Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and international terrorism as the new opposing “teams” that are growing in power to compete with the U.S.
“Their goals are backed by a growing arsenal of high-end war fighting capability, many of which are exploiting those three forces that I mentioned and are focused specifically on our vulnerabilities,” he said. “This is a competition where every competitor, every team, is learning and adapting.”
The Navy’s overall role in a rapidly changing world remains the same: Keep America safe.
For the physical maritime system he said, “We are going to challenge ourselves and focus back on high-end operations in blue water and focus on addressing those challenges just below the threshold of conflict.”
Richardson said for the information system the Navy will “double down on becoming an informationalized force.”
Finally, for the fast advancement of technology, he said the Navy will develop and begin using technology more quickly.
With the threat of Islamic state group, he said the biggest task for the Navy is the information leading to decisions that can destroy the enemy.
“How do you get the situational awareness to know where the meaningful targets are so that we can do this as precisely as possible?” he said.
Asked about the Navy’s strategies in North Korea, Richardson said it will continue to monitor the unpredictable situation with the help of allies in the region.
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