Naval Surface Force Commander issues document on force alignment

Vice-Admiral Roy Kitchener released a new surface force alignment document, “Surface Warfare: The Competitive Edge,” on January 11. AMERICAN NAVY

ARLINGTON, Va .– Vice-Admiral Roy Kitchener, commander of Naval Surface Forces, released “Surface Warfare: The Competitive Edge” at the Surface Navy Association’s national conference on Jan. 11, the Navy said in a statement. .

The document was designed to better align the surface force in the face of increasing technological complexity and growing strategic challenges.

In the paper, Kitchener cites the strategic importance of the surface force to America’s forward-deployed conventional deterrence posture, a posture that relies on surface ships creating “… many operational dilemmas arising from current forces. , powerful, networked and interoperable ”.

“The surface force and the surface warfare enterprise must better align in order to meet the challenges we face – challenges arising from serious strategic competition and the complexity of the force we are becoming,” he said. said Kitchener.

Citing five main lines of operations along which the surface force must plan, Kitchener pointed out that the coming decade is a decade of unprecedented complexity, in which 10 new or modified platforms will join the fleet or will start production. To this complexity will be added the entry into service of a new fleet radar (the SPY-6 family), a new electronic warfare system (SEWIP Block III) and a new computer program that integrates them, Aegis Baseline 10.

“This document guides action to lead on target, providing our ships and crews with the tools they need,” Kitchener said. “Together, we will break down the barriers and break down the barriers that hinder our success. ”

The five focus areas of the document (develop the leader, the warrior, the sailor and the manager; deliver more ready ships; achieve excellence in the introduction of the fleet; create clear and innovative operational concepts; and establish infrastructure for the future force) are each assigned to responsible flag officers, called LOE owners, for action, and include specific tasks with deadlines for completion.

Kitchener will lead these efforts and demand periodic updates, as well as provide the Surface Warfare community with regular updates.

The five lines of effort

· Develop the leader, the warrior, the sailor and the manager: the owner of the LOE is the commander of the surface naval forces. “Surface force trains leaders, warriors, sailors and managers, and each of these roles requires training, education and mentorship. As we continue to deploy increasingly sophisticated technologies, the human element remains central. “

· Produce more ships ready: The owner of the LOE is the commander of the naval surface forces. “The essence of this LOE is to force a new reflection on the strength we have and to consider ways to make the most of it by planning it, maintaining it and using it more wisely. “

· Achieving Excellence in Fleet Introduction: The owner of the LOE is the Commander of the Surface Naval Forces Atlantic. This LOE focuses on improving surface force performance in platform introduction and capabilities by applying lessons learned from the successes and challenges of the past 50 years.

· Create clear and innovative operational concepts: Owner LOE: Commander, Surface and Mine Warfare Development Command. This LOE directs the SMWDC to develop the people, concepts and facilities necessary to derive and deliver innovative combat concepts to support the new platforms and capabilities.

· Establish the infrastructure of the future force: the owners of LOE are OPNAV N95 / 96. This LOE focuses on the command and control infrastructure of surface forces, the physical infrastructure of surface forces, and land development infrastructure necessary to support the development of surface forces.

Highlights of “Competitive Advantage”

Recognizes both the complexity of the platforms and capabilities entering the force over the next decade and the strategic challenges these platforms and capabilities face.

· Assigns the responsible parties the required completion dates.

· Reinforces the focus on data analysis.

· Consider the introduction of war tactics instructors in program offices to ensure close coupling of concepts with acquisition.

Requires OPNAV N96 to produce Integrated Combat System Campaign Plan and PEO IWS to produce Integrated Combat System Roadmap. The roadmap will have a horizon of at least 10 years.

· Consider the return of the Fleet Introduction Teams to improve the transition from new platforms to force.

Awards SMWDC to develop a capability introduction roadmap for Maritime Strike Tomahawk, as part of a larger focus on SMWDC becoming the center of warfare innovation, experimentation and virtual warfare .

· Requires a 10 year roadmap for land based facilities and class specific infrastructure requirements to reduce technical risk in introducing capabilities.

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