Chief of Naval Operations Testifies on FY14 Budget Priorities

MarineLink.com
Monday, April 29, 2013
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Department of the Navy defense authorization request for fiscal year 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

The Chief of Naval Operations, Secretary of the Navy, and Commandant of the Marine Corps testified together April 25 before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on the Department of the Navy budget request for fiscal year 2014.

The three naval leader's testimony emphasized the realities of sequestration restraints on the fiscal year 2014 defense budget presented to congress earlier this month.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert delivered an opening statement that outlined the budget strategy and subsequent carryover from fiscal year 2013 as well as targeted the intended course for the next fiscal year. Greenert explained how Navy leadership has made key decisions in light of fiscal ambiguities, placing an emphasis on the characteristic of the Navy's forces mandate to operate forward where it matters, and that the Navy will be ready when it matters.

"We organize, man, train and equip the Navy by viewing our decisions through three lenses, or tenets," Greenert said. "They are Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. Regardless of the size of our budget or our fleet, these three tenets are the lenses through which we evaluate each decision."

Greenert laid out the fiscal year 2013 budget strategy along with the carryover structure to show how the current appropriations bill allowed for further investment in our Navy operations and maintenance. Greenert stressed that while there are certain "must pay" items that will be funded, there is also a commitment to conduct training and maintenance for forces next to deploy and prepare to meet the fiscal year 2014 Global Force Management Allocation Plan (GFMAP).

Greenert noted the aspects sequestration has played on the Navy's budget planning, stressing that budget shortfalls were sure to carry over into fiscal 2014. This setback would reduce the Navy surge capacity of fully mission-capable carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups through fiscal year 2014.

"Taken together, our O&M and investment shortfalls leave us a $9 billion carryover challenge for FY2014," Greenert said.

He added however, continuing sequestration would grow the carryover challenge from $9 billion to $23 billion. While this centers on O&M costs Greenert made clear that other critical fleet operations would be subject to reduction as well. All panel members present at the hearing addressed the overwhelming theme of sequestration negatively affecting ongoing and future operations across the Department of the Navy.

In his outlook for 2014, Admiral Greenert defined his strategy for Navy priorities. He maintained that the Navy would continue to forward deploy, and would continue near-term investments to address challenges in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Additionally, Greenert stated that the Navy would continue to develop long-term capabilities, at the appropriate capacity, to address warfighting challenges in both regions.

Overall, when looking at the 2014 budget, Greenert gave a clear view of what the Navy can expect for the investment of research and development in new technology, specifically when it comes to shipbuilding goals. With over $44 billion being invested in ships, submarines, manned and unmanned aircraft, weapons, cyber, among other procurement items and programs to include the delivery of 300 ships by 2019, Greenert expects much greater interoperability and flexibility when it comes to the future of the fleet.

Greenert expressed his commitment to grow manpower by 4,600 Sailors, stating these new Sailors would, "reduce our manning gaps at sea, enhance the Navy's cyber capabilities, and improve our waterfront training."

Equally important were the CNO's focus on critical readiness and safety degraders such as sexual assault, suicide, operational tempo, and at-sea manning.

Greenert said this budget sets a course for the Navy to successfully meet the Strategic Defense Guidance laid out by the Department of Defense. Thanking his Sailors and Navy Civilians for the tremendous amount of perseverance, production, and patience throughout the fiscal unease, Admiral Greenert closed his testimony remarks by recognizing the need for the removal of sequestration in order to fully execute the Navy mission.

"We again ask for your support in removing the burden of sequestration so that we can better train, better equip and deploy properly these brave men and women in our defense of our nation."
 

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

Navy

Fincantieri to Supply Four OPVs to the Bangladesh Coast Guard

Fincantieri has been awarded the contract with the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) for the supply of four Italian Navy “Minerva” class corvettes to be upgraded and

Saab Bags $1 bln Order for Swedish Submarines

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded contracts worth Skr8.6bn ($1.03bn) to Saab AB for the construction of two new Type A26 submarines

Austal Delivers 7th Cape Class Patrol Boat

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced it has delivered Cape Wessel, the seventh of eight Cape Class patrol boats being supplied to Australian Border Force under a $330 million design,

Finance

Indonesia Expects Total to Decide on Mahakam within days

French oil firm Total  will decide how much interest it will retain from 2018 in Indonesia's offshore Mahakam oil and gas block over the next two days, the

Asia-N Europe Container Freight Rates Jumps 60%

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe rose by 60.4 percent to $879 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday,

Stena RoRo Charters Three Vessels

Stena RoRo has reached an agreement with the Finnish shipping company Godby Shipping to long-term charter their three RoRo vessels Misida, Misana and Miranda.

Eye on the Navy

Saab Bags $1 bln Order for Swedish Submarines

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded contracts worth Skr8.6bn ($1.03bn) to Saab AB for the construction of two new Type A26 submarines

Austal Delivers 7th Cape Class Patrol Boat

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced it has delivered Cape Wessel, the seventh of eight Cape Class patrol boats being supplied to Australian Border Force under a $330 million design,

Latest LCS Completes US Navy Trials

Littoral Combat Ship 6 (LCS 6), the future USS Jackson, has completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials, shipbuilder Austal Limited announced.   The trials, the final milestone before delivery,

Government Update

Caltex Replaces Australian Crew

The 36 Australian crew members of an Caltex tanker refusing to set sail after they were told their jobs would be gone after the next run. MR tanker Alexander Spirit (40,

Antwerp, Duisburg Ports to Upgrade Rly Link

The Port of Antwerp and duisport are intensifying their cooperation as the Port of Antwerp will participate in the existing rail shuttle service connecting the two ports.

Greek Shipping Mulls Cyprus Move

Greek shipping companies are looking into moving to Cyprus due to the instability and uncertainty in Greece, it emerged, reports Cyprus News Agency.   The director

 
 
Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
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: 0.1534 sec (7 req/sec)