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Joint Chiefs of Staff Members: Future of Maritime Forces

The Center for Strategic & International Studies recently hosted a Military Strategy Forum on “The Future of Maritime Forces.” The discussion, which covered sequestration and other issues, included Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations; General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps; and Dr. John J. Hamre, President and CEO of CSIS, The Pritzker Chair.

“We have a budget that has been sequestered but the requirements have not been sequestered,” said Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert.

According to Defense Systems, “Greenert and Gen. James F. Amos said those requirements can still be met by focusing on joint command and control, getting creative with what is currently available, and maintaining forward deployed forces.”

“One of the greater challenges facing the maritime forces is the capacity for joint command and control. Greenert explained that currently, ‘we do disaggregated operations so the command and control, if necessary, can pull these together to do tailored operations.’ The more pragmatic alternative, he argued, is to distribute operations with tailored ships with tailored capabilities.”

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