The FY 2000 budget request maintains operating tempo (OPTEMPO) at approximately the same
level as previous years. Much of the available OPTEMPO funding comes from the inactivation of
additional ships and submarines to achieve long-term savings. OPTEMPO is measured in terms
of ship steaming days and aircraft flying hours, both of which are critical readiness factors. The
OPTEMPO funded in the current budget, as shown in Figure 14 [use "back" key to return here], reflects additional requirements in areas such as the Arabian Gulf in response to Iraqi intransigence, and is considered the minimum necessary to meet forward-presence requirements and commitments directed by the commanders-in-chief around the globe. Should force structure continue to be reduced, the Navy’s future OPTEMPO, however, is likely to exceed these targets, potentially putting greater stress on our equipment and people. Thus, today’s force structure and OPTEMPO are important factors of future operational readiness.
NAVY-MARINE CORPS APPROPRIATIONS
The allocation of requested FY 2000 Navy resources to appropriations is shown in Figure 15 [use "back" key to return here]. These appropriations are grouped logically to simplify the display (e.g., personnel, procurement, operations). Figure 16 [use "back" key to return here] shows the trend in Navy procurement, in constant dollars, during the past several years. (The Appendix provides information on Navy and Marine Corps appropriation titles, with a brief synopsis of what each entails.)
VISION. . .PRESENCE. . .POWER
The Navy-Marine Corps Team plays a major role in safeguarding the United States, and its
citizens, interests, and friends around the world. The Naval Services epitomize the essence of
naval expeditionary warfare: able to support naval, Joint, and combined operations across the
spectrum of U.S. involvement in the world, maintaining routine peacetime presence in important
world regions, responding to cries for humanitarian assistance, deterring conflict and the use of
weapons of mass destruction, committing forces to resolve crises, and fighting in major wars.
America’s Sailors and Marines will continue to be highly capable, skilled, and inspired men and
women for whom courage, commitment, and honor are principles held dear. The Navy-Marine
Corps Team must be maintained at the highest level of readiness, supported by a technological
and industrial base that can provide the engine for transforming the Naval Services to meet the
diverse and dangerous challenges of the 21st century. The Navy will be ready and capable to
answer the nation’s call, and committed to the defense of liberty, democracy, and economic
prosperity — anywhere, anytime!
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