The expeditionary nature of naval forces means that we will continue to be the force of choice for crisis response. Our unique ability to provide combat-capable, self-sustained, unencumbered forces on-scene, almost indefinitely, that can influence and "shape" events ashore, will ensure that we can prevent situations from developing into a crisis or conflict. Our ability to achieve and sustain full battlespace dominance will become ever more important. Naval Aviation ‹ Navy-Marine Corps Aviation - will play a critical role in ensuring that we have battlespace dominance in future conflicts. The twin centerpieces of naval expeditionary forces are our aircraft carriers with their embarked air wings and our amphibious assault ships with their embarked Marine Expeditionary Units. The multimission aircraft that are part of these units give us the unique flexibility to respond quickly and precisely. The question for our vision of the future is "How can we best leverage technology and implement innovation?" We must exploit the rapid changes in technology to better enhance our precision strike, battlespace superiority, operational maneuver, and information dominance to remain relevant in a still-dangerous world.
Implementing our vision for the
future is important to ensure continued success well into the next century.
We must be organized, trained, and equipped to meet the challenges that
will confront us. Our goal, therefore, is to give our people the tools
they need to do what they have always done - to go in harm's way and prevail.
This document provides a vision of Naval Aviation's long-range strategic
planning. It was produced not by policy-makers in Washington, but by a
team of Fleet aviators from all communities. Our planning and programming
decisions must be focused on being ready both today and 20 years from now.
Our country deserves no less.
Jay L. Johnson
Admiral, U.S. Navy
Chief of Naval Operations