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Maritime Strategy

The 2007 tri-service Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower recognizes, "Although our forces can surge when necessary to respond to crises, trust and cooperation cannot be surged." Navy IPO plays a key role in shaping the Navy Department's approach to global partnerships and achieving the goals of the maritime strategy. Shaping interoperability, acquisition, training, global maritime domain awareness and support for the data sharing necessary for global operations are crucial to the reality of a 21st-Century Navy and Marine Corps. Partnerships extend the reach of the U.S. Sea Services, but success will come only by crafting interactive collaboration in which multiple-sum relationships are built and the global maritime commons protected.

Key enablers of global maritime partnerships are our international programs. Navy IPO is the Department of the Navy's focal point for:

  • Technology Security––Disclosure Policy and Oversight, Export Licensing
  • Cooperative Programs––International Agreements and Information and Personnel Exchange
  • Security Assistance––Foreign Military Sales, Excess Defense Articles transfers
  • International Training

Navy IPO is a facilitator among policy decision makers, industry, the regional Combatant Commanders and partner countries. Navy IPO does not "own" any programs outright, but we bring all the pieces together and also help navigate the extremely complex licensing and disclosure policy maze. We find ways to nurture and expand collaboration and strengthen partnerships, not become the last-resort barriers to sharing technology.

Cooperative development and acquisition provide important opportunities to build collaboration. International agreements for F-18 Super Hornet, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, P-8 Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft and Broad-Area Maritime Surveillance System (BAMS) are shaping the transition among generations of aircraft as the Navy reworks its aviation fleet and its relationships with allies and other international partners. Ship transfers remain an important part of policy, and Foreign Military Sales are significant instruments of international engagement that facilitates interoperability, shared production, common logistics and, ultimately, combined coalition operations.

Another key element of Navy international activity is supporting the training and education so crucial to building trust and understanding. Relationships that develop among classmates at the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval War College, and other institutions provide the foundation for life-long bonds and common understanding. Likewise, in-country military training provides vital tactical and technical skills that enhance collaborative operations.

In these initiatives and more, Navy IPO helps to achieve vital strategic goals:

  • The international programs provide Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Component and Combatant Commanders effective tools for their theater engagement plans to build capacity and promote lasting relationships.
  • Working with a wide range of stakeholders in acquisition program offices, defense, state and other interagency offices, and industry product and service providers, Navy IPO helps navigate the complex maze of laws, licensing and policy requirements to deliver capabilities to our friends and allies that maximize commonality.
  • FMS and excess ship and aircraft transfers are instruments of international engagement that facilitate interoperability, shared production, common logistics and ultimately maritime security cooperation.
  • Cooperative development and acquisition programs provide important opportunities to build collaborative relationships.

In short, Navy IPO seeks to provide the modern tool sets that aid the Navy Department's leadership to execute its new emphasis on the global maritime security mission.

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1250 10th Street South East
Building 200
Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20374

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