Below is my personal quick summary of the Navy FY2016 Budget Highlights Book as it most pertains to those individuals in the Information Dominance Corps.
Protect the Homeland
- Maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent
- Fight terrorism through counter-terrorism/irregular warfare operations
- Defend the homeland and provide support to civil authorities
- Counter weapons of mass destruction
Build Security Globally
- Provide a stabilizing presence across the globe
- Conduct stability and counterinsurgency operations
- Conduct humanitarian, disaster relief, and other operations
Project Power and Win Decisively
- Defer and defeat aggression
- Project power despite anti-access/area denial challenges
- Operate effectively in space and cyberspace
Four key factors:
To operate effectively in every mission, we invest in protection of our cyber networks. The Department has expanded previous investments in Operation Rolling Tide (ORT), which was primarily focused on tactical networks such as NGEN and CANES, to include combat and other control systems on tactical platforms. Task Force Cyber Awakening (TFCA) was established to provide a holistic view of cyber security across the Navy enterprise. Based on TFCA’s prioritizations of required capabilities to improve Navy’s cyber posture, the DoN added $300 million across the FYDP across a broad spectrum of programs. Together, ORT and TFCA efforts form the Cyber Resiliency Plan; investments made in this budget will lead to significant improvements in the DoN’s Cyber posture.
The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) baseline budget submission of $161.0 billion for the Department of the Navy (DoN) is an increase of $1.5 billion (1%) from the FY16 value presented in last year’s budget. In a challenging fiscal environment, the DoN FY16 budget supports the priorities of the President’s Defense Strategic Guidance (DSG), as amplified by the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), and the priorities of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps. The DoN can meet the mission areas outlined the DSG and QDR, but with risk. The Department prioritized investments to provide a credible, modern and safe strategic deterrent; global forward presence of combat ready forces; preserve the means to defeat one aggressor and simultaneously deny the objectives of a second; focus on critical afloat and ashore readiness and personnel; sustain asymmetrical advantages; and sustain a relevant industrial base.
The FY16 request for overseas contingency operations (OCO) continues to fund the incremental costs to sustain ongoing operational commitments, equipment/infrastructure repair, manpower, as well as equipment replacement. The FY16 DoN OCO request is $7.0 billion.
- The budget request reflects a deployable battle forces of 282 ships in FY16, including 11 aircraft carriers, 31 amphibious ships, 87 large surface combatants, 22 small surface combatants, 4 guided missile submarines and 53 nuclear powered attack submarines. This battle force number reflects Congressional NDAA language on ship counting rules.
- Fourteen battle force ships will be delivered in FY16: 1 Nuclear Aircraft Carrier (CVN), 2 Nuclear Attack Submarines (SSN), 5 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), 2 Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV), 1 Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD), 2 Destroyers (DDG) and 1 Zumwalt-class Destroyer (DDG 1000).
- Three Nuclear Attack Submarines (SSN) will be retired.
- Ship procurement funds 9 new-construction ships in FY16 (2 SSNs, 2 DDG 51, 3 LCS, 1 LPD, and 1 T-AO(X)) and 48 ships across the Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP).
- Aircraft procurement funds 124 airframes in FY16 and 492 airframes across the FYDP.
- Major aviation procurement in FY16 includes: 13 F-35B/C, 5 E-2D, 16 P-8A, 2 KC-130J, 28 AH-1Z/UH-1Y, 19 MV-22, 29 MH-60R, and 12 UAV.
- Military basic pay and civilian pay are increased by 1.3 percent.
- This budget continues implementation of a streamlined reduction to Major Headquarters operating budgets, as well as continued initiatives begun with the FY15 budget to reduce acquisition costs.
First and foremost, we will lead with purpose. American leadership is a global force for good, but it is grounded in our enduring national interests as outlined in the 2010 National Security Strategy:
- The security of the United States, its citizens, and U.S. allies and partners;
- A strong, innovative, and growing U.S. economy in an open international economic system that promotes opportunity and prosperity;
- Respect for universal values at home and around the world; and
- A rules-based international order advanced by U.S. leadership that promotes peace, security, and opportunity through stronger cooperation to meet global challenges.
Policy tradeoffs and hard choices will need to be made. In such instances, we will prioritize efforts that address the top strategic risks to our interests:
- Catastrophic attack on the U.S. homeland or critical infrastructure;
- Threats or attacks against U.S. citizens abroad and our allies;
- Global economic crisis or widespread economic slowdown;
- Proliferation and/or use of weapons of mass destruction;
- Severe global infectious disease outbreaks;
- Climate change;
- Major energy market disruptions; and
- Significant security consequences associated with weak or failing states (including mass atrocities, regional spillover, and transnational organized crime).
I’ve struggled to put my 2015 Goals together; in fact my 2014 Goals were written down but only made it onto an ever-rewritten 3×5 notecard which I kept in my pocket. I was pretty satisfied with what I accomplished in 2014, but I missed some of the life goal building blocks toward the 10,000 hour expertise mark.
- Educate and Develop my children. I plan to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We’ll start with a large dose of Legos.
- Enjoy 75 Books. I was able to completely enjoy 61 great books in 2014.
- Run 2 Ultra marathons and 2 marathons. I was able to accomplish 1 Ultra marathon and 3 marathons in 2014. I’d like to move from the 50K (approximately 31 miles) I accomplished this year to the 40 or 50 mile ultra marathon distance. This will be an extremely challenging stretch goal. Additionally, I’d like to accomplish 2 marathons along the way. A couple of the options are the Marine Corps Marathon (it would be my 4th year in a row) or the New York City Marathon (if I don’t do the MCM).
- Make a new Sous Vide Recipe Monthly. One of the gifts I received this holiday was an Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator. I’m looking forward to the numerous different things to prepare via this cooking method. Some of the different things I plan to try are available at Anova, Serious Eats, Polyscience, Williams-Sonoma, and Chef Steps.
- Family Trip. We enjoyed a couple of great trips in 2014; I escaped to bear hunt with my father and brother and enjoyed Florida with my family. I’d like to continue to ensure the family enjoys exploring the world of travel.
- Lead Effectively. I shall continue to effectively lead Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) Detachment Hampton Roads which includes the Unified Atlantic Region Network Operations Center. At the same time, I plan to continue to develop as a leader within the Information Dominance Corps, Information Professionals, and overall as a Naval Officer.
- Teach Effectively. I’ve developed my expertise and truly enjoy developing expertise in others. I will put that into action by teaching at University of Maryland University College and Tidewater Community College.
- Be published two times.
- Invest 100 hours in learning new languages (Life goal – 10,000 hours). I will use Duolingo and start with Spanish.
- Invest 100 hours in coding (Life goal – 10,000 hours). I used and completed several courses in 2014 from Codeacademy. I’ll continue to use them and other MOOCs to enhances my abilities in 2015.
- Invest 100 hours in Robotics (Life goal – 10,000 hours). I will use Lego Mindstorms to continue to develop this knowledge while educating my children.
- Increase my income by 10%. Maintain/Increase performance in the Navy and teaching will be the methods to further this goal.
- Reduce debt. The only debt we hold as a family is our mortgage, one vehicle loan and significant student loans. I plan to eliminate the vehicle loan and focus on knocking out a large portion of the student loans.
- Live within Monthly Budget. We’ve lived within a budget for several years, but I’d like to continue to refine and maximize the available money toward meeting the financial goals. This will be reviewed quarterly to ensure we’re spending responsibly.
- Tailor/Verify/Diversify Investments. We will review our investments and plans with a financial advisor to continue to refine and maximize the family investment plan.
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