This post originally appeared on the USNI blog here.
A few weeks ago, our favorite Reptile of Guile, CDR Salamander, highlighted an amazing new acronym the Navy’s FY20 30-year Maintenance and Modernization Plan: the Navy the Nation Needs (NNN). Brilliant. Sal exhorted us to stop making up so many silly acronyms, but I disagree. I think we should go the other way. First, NNN should be shortened to N3 and then we should dive head first into that alphabet soup! We just have way too many important things to say, and not enough time, to use actual words.
In fact, if you want acronyms, I’ll give you America’s Concept for Reestablishing Our Navy’s Youthful Maritime Supremacy (ACRONYMS)!
The preferred COA for N3 in FY20-26 FYDP is to BPT execute DFE and DMO ISO 2018 NDS GPC. In the SCS, PRC BRI (AKA OBOR) OAIs are not IAW UNCLOS, while the PLAN violates TTW and challenges INDOPACOM and ASEAN FON. The DPRK conducts KLE in the DMZ, then fires TBM over ROK TTA. The IRGC executes MIO with FAC/FIAC in the SOH and GOO, frustrating OPEC and EU, IOT pressure USG to rejoin JCPOA. BRICS is leveraging DIME to establish a NWO to counter US, FVEY, NATO, and UN status quo; using IO incl. OCO, MILDEC, MISO, and PSYOPS. VEOs, such as ISIS and AQAP, maintain threat (i.e. SVBIED) to CONUS.
IRT MLECOAs / MDECOAs, DOD must PPBE USN (via NDAA) for ROMO ISO 6 GCCs and 4 FCCs. The N3 must have TBD HI/LO mix of CSGs, ARGs, ESGs, DESRONs, SAGs, SS(B/G)N, and LCS, and use JCIDS to RDT&E LSC, XLUUV, MDUUV, USV, NG-UAS (e.g. MQ-25), AS(C/B)M, HGV, DEW/HPM, and SEWIP.
In the IE, the N3 will employ IRC to conduct EMW with C5ISR&T. FYSA the N3 must maintain MDA (RMP/RAP) with GCCS-M. C2 is undergoing RMA and N3 must evolve CWC to enable C/JFMCC decisions ASAP. FT2T2EA must incl. I&W and OTHT with NIFC-CA and CEC.
NPC and CNET must assist ASN (M&RA) to evolve PERS TTPs / SOPs for 21st Century Sailors. Success of SAPR, EO, FAP, FSA, PFA, DDD, OSC, NAAP, and TAP will be KPPs and MOEs.
IAW JCIDS, N3 must employ DOTMLPF to conduct OOTW… LOL, JK, TBH IDGAD what N3 does, but FWIW YGBKM with all these ACRONYMS!