Maritime Strategy Port Call at University of Denver

Friday, March 28, 2008

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leif HerrGesell, Navy News Service
The diplomats of tomorrow met with Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Vice Adm. John Morgan and naval strategist Capt. Dan Cloyd at the , March 26 to discuss the new joint-service Maritime Strategy and what it means to the nation's future.
Over 50 students and faculty from the university's Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) gathered in an intimate forum to listen to Morgan as he described the way ahead for national and global security, shared Sea Service responsibility for peace and prosperity and layered defense of the American homeland.
He also outlined goals for the prevention of war and planning for humanitarian relief as priorities of today's Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Morgan is the deputy chief of naval operations for information, plans and strategy. The admiral's office is supported by the efforts of Navy strategists, civilian foreign affairs experts and other government agencies -- all of which, he told the students and faculty members, work together to identify six areas of keenest interest to the nation. Those areas became the foundation of the new Maritime Strategy document Morgan presented.
The students' individual and collective talents stand them to become the military and civilian government leaders of tomorrow, according to their professors. They shared both their concerns and questions with the admiral regarding the Maritime Strategy document and global diplomacy in a casual and informal environment. Concerns ranged from concerns about the Navy's reliance on technology-driven battlefield decisions to the Coast Guard's ability to support American interests in Arctic waters.
Because of the Maritime Strategy's emphasis on humanitarian relief and prevention of war, Morgan folded those aims into his description of how the Sea Services' structures are changing to reflect the ' position in the changing world.
The admiral spelled out how nongovernmental agencies, foreign militaries and the three Sea Services can layer resources to assist in major disasters and the prevention of war.
Before he concluded his remarks, the admiral deposited the idea that the Navy's 'soft power' -- or its ability to bring aid and humanitarian assistance -- was as important as the ability to fight wars. He described for the students a conversion of Naval power from military force to humanitarian resources involving the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in 2004. The ship had been bound for the Gulf with a wartime mission when a tsunami hit Indonesia.
The admiral turned over the floor to Cloyd after about 20 minutes. Cloyd is a former commanding officer of the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the current director of the U.S. Navy Strategic Action Group.
The two-and-a-half-hour campus conversation ranged widely over a variety of other topics. Prospective Pacific Rim issues took center stage as students bored into the concerns over the growth of Chinese regional influence and military expansion. Cloyd detailed the six major components of the Maritime Strategy as his piece of the conversation, soliciting questions from the students as he outlined the substance of the document.
The final element of the workshop took the form of a Cloyd-moderated, round-table discussion, as four junior officers representing the Sea Services opened the floor for an unbridled question and answer session.
The next Conversation With the Country is scheduled for Los Angeles in mid-April.

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Controversial Nicaragua Canal Project Postponed

China's Hong Kong Nicaragua Development (HKND) Co. said it is delaying the start of construction on a controversial $50 billion inter-ocean canal across Nicaragua until late 2016.

Need to Monitory Coal from Indonesia - UK P&I

There are various hazards associated with the trade in coal. UK P&I Club’s Loss Prevention Team highlights the risks involved, and advises on the relevant actions

Suez Canal Pacts with SCCT-Maersk

Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish, signed a settlement agreement with the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT-Maersk), says Daily News Egypt.

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Salvage Ship Repair Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0971 sec (10 req/sec)