Administration. These sea service and maritime industry leaders called for greater budget certainty, as the
current trend of operating under the constraints of
continuing resolutions erodes readiness and jeopardizes
their ability to meet global demands.
The negative impact of continuing resolutions and
constraints from the 2011 Budget Control Act was a
common concern for many panelists and speakers
throughout the show, whether they discussed interoperability, cyber security, challenges in the Pacific,
nuclear deterrence, sealift and logistics, or technological innovation.
Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., ranking member of the
House Armed Services seapower and projection forces
subcommittee, warned of the consequences of signing
yet another continuing resolution (CR) during the April
4 Congressional Breakfast.
“If the CR passes, things that will happen will be
very splashy and ugly. People will get a rude awakening. … We need to avoid the ugly fallout,” he said.
But Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., subcommittee chair-
man, noted that while a compromise bill might be
difficult to achieve, “the foundation is there to get this
Sean J. Stackley, acting Navy secretary, warned in
his address at the Secretary of the Navy Luncheon April
5 that the current budget situation and high operating
tempo are putting significant stress on U.S. forces.
“Our men and women in uni-
form regularly and routinely
demonstrate the innovation and
initiative to execute missions that
just months ago were drawn up,”
he said. “I’m concerned, however,
that our organizations and pro-
cesses at home do not match that
same sense of urgency, that same
measure of commitment.”
And in his address at the Sea
Services Luncheon April 3, Coast
Guard Commandant Adm. Paul
F. Zukunft credited the men and
women who serve in the smallest of
the nation’s five military agencies
with the service being able to rise
far above its fiscal challenges.
“You heard me say that we
were funded below $11 billion,” he
said. “That is everything. That is
retirement, that is medical, that is
acquisition, operations, maintenance.
That is fly-weight funding, and we
deliver a middle-weight punch.”
Another popular theme was the importance of
partnerships. Capitalizing on the presence of so many
international allies and partners, German Vice Adm.
Andreas Krause moderated an April 3 panel that
included Vice Adm. Kari Takanen, commander of the
Finnish Navy; Rear Adm. John Martin, New Zealand’s
chief of Navy; and Rear Adm. Lars Saunes, chief of the
Royal Norwegian Navy.
Maintaining critical trading relationships and security “requires creation and maintenance of international
partnerships.” Krause said the “next war, and indeed
the one we’re currently in,” will be transnational and
multidomain, and interoperability will be critical.
Another highlight was the keynote address at the
April 4 Sea-Air-Space Luncheon by U.S. Air Force Gen.
Darren W. McDew, commander of U.S. Transportation
Command. He explained the role his command plays
in the Department of Defense: “We deliver one thing:
options. We deliver options for the president, for the
secretary of defense, for this nation and our allies, and
that is what makes us so powerful.”
Individuals, Units Receive Safety Awards
At the Secretary of the Navy Luncheon on April 5,
Stackley and Witunski presented the Navy League’s
Secretary Gordon R. England Safety Awards for Navy
and Marine Corps units and individuals.
Adm. William F. Moran, vice chief of naval operations, left, speaks during the Sea Services
Update panel at the 2017 Sea-Air-Space Exposition April 3. With him, at his left, are Gen.
Glenn M. Walters, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps; Adm. Charles D. Michel, vice
commandant of the Coast Guard; Joel Szabat, executive director, Maritime Transportation; and
moderator Brad Peniston, deputy editor, Defense One.