By AMY L. WITTMAN, Editor in Chief
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE
NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES
Volume 50, Number 12, December 2007
The U.S. Navy,
and Marine Corps
unveiled the nation’s
new maritime blueprint — “A Cooperative Strategy for
21st Century Seapower” — on Oct.
17, putting in writing what the sea
services have been
practicing for a couple of years.
As Richard R. Burgess points
out in his cover story on page 14,
the strategy tries to address the
problem of preparing for a broad
spectrum of maritime threats —
abroad and close to home — with
limited resources. The only way to
do that is for the sea services to
cooperate with each other and
with U.S. allies around the world.
Roughead, chief of
and Adm. Thad W.
of the Coast Guard
— focuses on security and prosperity
through international partnerships. The
cooperative spirit in
which it was drafted
also should focus on
broader partnerships at home, particularly with the U.S. Maritime
Administration (MARAD), which
is spearheading an effort to develop
a national port security strategy.
The two strategies cannot be mutually exclusive.
Service officials now must take
this show on the road to educate
the American people about the
importance of this strategy, putting
its goals in terms of dollars and
cents, goods and services.
MARAD’s mission statement
notes among its duties, it supplies
“an intermodal sealift capacity to
support vital national security interests.” While the maritime blueprint
stresses the importance of having a
surge capability, it doesn’t “talk about
the role of the Merchant Marine in
making that possible,” one government official said of the new strategy.
The document, unveiled at the
Naval War College’s 18th International Seapower Symposium,
notes that “Our citizens were involved in development of this strategy through a series of public
forums known as the ‘Conversations
with the Country.’ Three themes
dominated these discussions: Our
people want us to remain strong,
they want us to protect them and
our homeland and they want us to
work with partners around the
world to prevent war.”
U.S. ports, through which billions
of tons of domestic and import/
export cargo flow each year, are
widely recognized as potential terrorist targets. While the Coast Guard
is responsible for port security, its
many missions as part of the
Department of Homeland Security
make it impossible for the service to
be everywhere at once. Here, too,
MARAD officials and commercial
shippers can and do play a key
homeland security role.
The strategy — signed by Gen.
James T. Conway, commandant of
the Marine Corps; Adm. Gary
J. Michael McGrath
Stephen R. Pietropaoli
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