of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, spoke at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Thursday, 5 September on the challenges facing the Navy in the sequestration environment
and on how the Navy is steering forward. DSJ was there and summarizes the CNO's comments on funding, force structure,
and personnel in this Defense Systems Journal feature. Among the highlights:
Navy's "alternate POM" planning may see a reduction in the "Fleet 2020" from 291 ships to 250 ships, with
a greater percentage of the fleet deployed forward.
- Despite sequestration,
the Navy's Pacific pivot will advance and the Service's homeporting initiative will see 60% of ships homeported on the west
- Each and every Navy spending account (save personnel) will
likely face a 14% cut from sequestration in FY14.
- Aircraft carriers remain a key and critical element and the requirement remains at 11 carriers.
- By 2020, the CNO expects that the MC-4B Triton
UAS will be deployed (likely to Guam) and providing a 2,000 mile sphere of coverage.
- Likewise, by 2020, the nascent UCLASS UAS
will be providing ISR and strike from aircraft carrier decks.