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CNO’s Sailing Directions Sept 2011
The CNO’s Sailing Directions lay out a course for the Navy and can be looked upon as a user’s guide that describes the Navy’s mission and the CNO’s vision, tenets and guiding principles. This new document clearly defines the Navy’s core responsibilities with a mission statement followed with a vision for where the Navy desires to be in the next 10-15 years. 
As described by Adm. Greenert, over the next 10 to 15 years, the Navy will evolve and remain the preeminent maritime force, operating forward in new and flexible ways with access to strategic maritime crossroads. http://www.navy.mil/cno/cno_sailing_direction_final-lowres.pdf

CNO’s Navigation Plan April 2012
A Navigation Plan draws from Sailing Directions to describe in greater detail how a ship will use its resources to safely and effectively sail to a new destination. Similarly, this CNO’S NAVIGATION PLAN describes how Navy’s budget submission for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013-2017 pursues the vision of the CNO’s Sailing Directions. It highlights our investments that support the missions outlined in the new defense strategic guidance, Sustaining U.S. Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense, viewed through the lens of my three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready. The Navigation Plan defines the course and speed we will follow to organize, train, and equip our Navy over the next several years. To help identify our long-term destination, we are conducting assessments of the number and type of ships and aircraft required to implement the defense strategic guidance. These assessments will inform future updates to the Navigation Plan. http://www.navy.mil/cno/Navplan2012-2017-V-Final.pdf

CNO’s Position Report October 2012
As stated in “Navigation Plan 2013-2017,” this is our “Position Report” for 2012, which describes our progress toward the vision identified in “Sailing Directions.” CNO Sailing Directions are sound and remain the foundation for our planning and decision making. Similar to what we do at sea (for example, the Eight O’ Clock Report), this Position Report “takes a fix” on where we are today and identifies “course and speed” changes to keep us on track and counter the effects of “set and drift” – emerging challenges that will tend to take us off our track. http://www.navy.mil/cno/121026_PositionReport.pdf

Navy Program Guide 2013 April 2013
The United States is a maritime nation with vital interests far from its shores. The U.S. Navy operates forward to provide stabilizing presence, deter conflict, and contribute key capabilities to win our Nation’s wars. The Navy’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Program supports the President’s Defense Strategic Guidance (DSG), Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. In executing the DSG, the FY 2014 Navy Program rebalances our effort toward the Asia-Pacific region, sustains our support to partners in the Middle East, focuses our presence at key strategic maritime crossroads, and meets the highest-priority capability demands of the geographic combatant commanders. With its FY 2014 investments, the Navy will continue to provide the ability to respond to a dynamic and complex international environment. The DSG highlights the challenges and opportunities the United States will face, establishes ten primary missions of the U.S. Armed Forces and offers a blueprint to guide decisions about the size and shape of the Joint Force between now and 2020. http://www.navy.mil/navydata/policy/seapower/npg13/top-npg13.pdf

CNO’s Navigation Plan 2014-2018
A Navigation Plan draws from Sailing Directions to describe in greater detail how a ship will use its resources to safely and effectively sail to a new destination. Similarly, CNO Navigation Plan describes how Navy’s budget submission for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 – 2018 pursues the vision of the CNO’s Sailing Directions. It highlights our investments that support the missions outlined in our defense strategic guidance (DSG), Sustaining U.S. Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense, viewed through the lens of my three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready. This Navigation Plan defines the course and speed we will follow to organize, train, and equip our Navy over the next several years. http://www.navy.mil/cno/130813_CNO_Navigation_Plan.pdf

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