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Shrunken but stable
"Forward presence is our mandate. We operate forward to give the president the options to deal promptly with contingencies," Greenert told the panel, directing their attention to small charts he gave them showing the global distribution of deployed ships, bases and support areas.
"Our efforts are focused in the
Over the past year, the
"The 2014 budget will enable an acceptable forward presence. Through the remainder of the year we'll be able to restore a lot of our fleet training and our maintenance and our operations, and we'll recover a substantial part of the 2013 backlog that we've talked about quite a bit in this room," Greenert told the senators.
"The president's 2015 budget submission enables us to continue to execute these missions, but we're going to face some high risk in specific missions articulated in the defense strategic guidance," he added.
The CNO said the
To prepare the
-- Provide a sea-based strategic deterrent;
-- Maintain a forward presence;
-- Maintain the capability and capacity to win decisively;
-- Maintain the readiness to support the above;
-- Maintain and bring in asymmetric capabilities and maintain a technological edge; and
-- Sustain a relevant industrial base.
"Using these priorities, we built a balanced portfolio of capabilities within the fiscal guidance we were provided," the admiral said. "We continue to maximize our presence in the
As a result, "we face higher risk if confronted with a high-tech adversary or if we attempt to conduct more than one multiphase major contingency simultaneously," he added.
"As I testified before you in September," he told the committee chairman, "I'm troubled by the prospect of reverting to the Budget Control Act revised caps in 2016. That would lead to a