Naval Aviation has long been at the forefront of U.S. power-projection capabilities. As a carrier and its air wing or an amphibious ready group deploy, they represent a unique forward presence that provides a broad spectrum of warfighting capabilities. By leveraging technology, innovative tactics, and highly trained people, these forces provide the National Command Authority with a wide range of crisis-management and combat capabilities.

As Naval Aviation moves into the 21st century, we will continue to use a systems approach to improve its capabilities. The foundation of this methodology is making proper use of Naval Aviation's most important asset - its people. Our aircrews are able to perform a broad spectrum of missions, and our support personnel are the bedrock of the entire Naval Aviation organization. Naval Aviation must continue to emphasize consistency, education, and leadership in its manpower policies in order to sustain its standard of excellence and the morale of its people. This leadership challenge also includes fostering an understanding of modern warfare and applying naval operational concepts across a range of scenarios.

The systems approach also entails a balance of affordable, multimission platforms, systems, and weapons. New aircraft and technology will provide Naval Aviation with greater lethality, increased reliability, and enhanced survivability. Reducing the number of aircraft types and transitioning from single-mission to multimission platforms will provide Naval Aviation with greater mission flexibility and cost-effective maintenance, as well as a flexible logistics support base. 
Finally, balance means pursuing the right mix of low observability, countermeasures, threat avoidance, tactics, and standoff weapons. There is no one technology or attribute that can meet all mission requirements. Taking a balanced approach will allow Naval Aviation to fulfill its mission requirements even when one element has a diminished effectiveness due to an enemy's capabilities.

All told, this systems approach to improvement will ensure that Naval Aviation
continues to respond rapidly, credibly, and flexibly to future contingencies.

System Overview Safety Affordable Avionics C4/ISR Aircraft Carriers Carrier Air Wings
F-14 Tomcat F/A-18 Hornet Joint Strike Fighter Airborne Reconnaissance Vision E-2C Hawkeye S-3B Viking
ES-3A Shadow Common Support Aircraft EA-6B Prowler Helicopter Master Plan
Marine Corps Fixed-Wing Aircraft Marine Corps Rotary-Wing Aircraft P-3C Orion EP-3E Aries II E-6A/B Mercury
Air-to-Air Missiles Air-to-Ground Weapons Air-to-Subsurface Weapons Naval Reserve Aviation Logistics Airlift
Training Aircraft Aircrew Training Aviation Specialized Skills Training Logistics Expeditionary Airfields
Air Traffic Control Ranges and Airfields