[MEMBERS]: CNO’s Ambitious Plan to Field Combat Ships Globally

Forward Observer added a new report to the Intelligence Dashboard. 

On Wednesday morning, the Chief of Navy Operations (CNO) released a white paper on the future of the Navy.  Citing a shift in the landscape of sea power, CNO confirmes that the Navy needs 350 ships, including manned and unmanned systems; up from the 275 deployable ships they have now.

Threats & Risks Overview

The US Navy is currently deployed to “faster paced, more complex, and increasingly competitive” environments featuring multi-domain challenges.  While the Army focuses on future fights in mega-cities (link), the Navy sets its sights on combat in littoral environments where coastlines will become more populated, maritime traffic will increase, and nations will compete for limited resources from the ocean, such as fisheries, oil, and minerals.  Meanwhile, near-peer competitors are challenging US Navy dominance of the seas.  (Continue reading 682 words…)


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Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract Intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

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