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Adm. John Richardson Eyes Maritime Superiority With Navy Guidance; Rep. Randy Forbes Comments

John Richardson
John Richardson

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson has released a new guidance that details approaches on how the U.S. Navy can sustain maritime superiority, USNI News reported Tuesday.

Richardson said the guidance titled “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority” aims to address three global forces with potential implications for the service branch such as the maritime traffic, technological developments and adoption and changes related to the global information system.

The document outlines the four lines of effort the Navy must exercise, including the need to strengthen the naval power through the modernization of the strategic deterrent triad and advancement of information warfare.

Richardson cited specific tasks and objectives for other lines of effort such as the application of concepts and techniques to expedite learning, creation of partnerships, and implementation of the Sailor 2025 program in order to strengthen the service branch’s leaders and personnel.

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. also reports for Breaking Defense that Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) commented on the mentions of Russia and China in the guidance.

“(Richardson’s) clarity on the challenge posed by Russia and China’s destabilizing behavior is welcome, as is the emphasis on wargaming and fleet exercises to refine new concepts that might successfully counter Moscow and Beijing’s growing assertiveness,” Forbes told Breaking Defense.

“By speaking honestly about the competitive nature of these relationships, Adm. Richardson is helping to provide much-needed clarity about U.S. intentions in the Asia-Pacific,” he added.

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