Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert on American military strategy in a time of declining resources

AEI's Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies will host Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, in the third installment in a series of four events with each member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET
AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

America's global presence as facilitated by the daily forward-deployed missions of US Navy and US Marine Corps ships and personnel remains a vital component of American military strategy. However, with the current budget realities of potentially reducing the number of "surge-ready" carrier-strike groups by two-thirds and with only half of planned surface ship availabilities ready for 2014, the Navy's worldwide presence risks shrinking.

How does Navy leadership intend to balance the need to maintain readiness, forward presence, and ship and aircraft maintenance in light of potential continued sequestration? How would decreased presence impact US military capabilities and the foreign policy goals they underpin? And what is the Navy's plan for maintaining forward-deployed forces to ensure America's global presence and to protect US interests overseas?

AEI's Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies will host Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, in the third installment in a series of four events with each member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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    8:30 AM
    Introduction Jon Kyl, AEI

    8:35 AM
    Discussant: Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, US Navy

    9:30 AM

    Learn more and watch past events in the series, "A Conversation with the Joint Chiefs of Staff," on
  • About Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert:
    by Sharon Kehnemui on Aug 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM

  • BIO:

    Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert is a native of Butler, Pa. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 and completed studies in nuclear power for service as a submarine officer.

    His career as a submariner includes assignments aboard USS Flying Fish (SSN 673), USS Tautog (SSN 639), Submarine NR-1 and USS Michigan (SSBN 727 - Gold Crew), culminating in command of USS Honolulu (SSN 718) from March 1991 to July 1993.

    Subsequent fleet command assignments include Commander, Submarine Squadron 11; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas; Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet (August 2004 to September 2006); and, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (September 2007 to July 2009).

    Greenert has served in various fleet support and financial management positions, including deputy chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8); deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; chief of staff, U.S. 7th Fleet; head, Navy Programming Branch and director, Operations Division Navy Comptroller. Most recently he served as 36th vice chief of naval operations (August 2009 to August 2011).

    He is a recipient of various personal and campaign awards including the Distinguished Service Medal (6 awards), Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit (4 awards). In 1992 he was awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership. He considers those awards
    earned throughout his career associated with unit performance to be most satisfying and representative of naval service.

    Greenert became the 30th Chief of Naval Operations Sept. 23, 2011.
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