NEWPORT, R. I. – A top military commander early scholars on Tuesday for bold ideas about how the U.S. Navy can maintain superiority at sea.
Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, spoke to the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum at the U. S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Scientists from Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, as well as other universities and think tanks have participated.
Richardson addressed China and Russia is an exponential increase in maritime activity, adoption of new technologies and the use of the information.
“How do we recapture that sense of, we can lose if we don’t go?”, he said.
The U.S. Navy needs to rediscover its momentum and “a fire in our gut,” he said. Richardson added that he does not want the Navy’s competitive advantage are to narrow to the point where someone else thinks they have a chance to win.
“You don’t want the second guy with the high energy of the laser,” he said.
Kori Shake, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, challenged the Marine to the question of the way in which she does everything, to see if it can be better, faster or cheaper.
They said, that’s the nature of the innovation, and those who like Richardson is trying to shake things up.
Richardson will soon have a new strategic guidance that factors in the additional financing. He is the update of a January 2016 document.
War College professor John Maurer, who has helped in the planning of the forum, said it’s a way for the Navy to interact with brilliant people from outside the government, and thinking creatively about problems.