SAN DIEGO (NNS) – Subject matter experts from military, industry and civilian organizations affiliated with the surface warfare community gathered to discuss various emergent surface warfare areas at Naval Base Point Loma’s Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, August 15-17.
Organized by Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), the “TED” style summit included topics such as upcoming surface attack weaponry, threat assessments, training and developing surface warfare officers (SWOs), leadership and organizational psychology, and innovations in logistics and cyber warfighting. These briefs came from professionals for organizations such as the Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, Naval War College , Naval Post-Graduate School , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Arbinger Institute, and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
The summit opened with tone-setting remarks from Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander of CNSP, who explained the necessity of the Surface Force Strategy (SFS) and how it serves as a call to action to build, organize, train, and equip surface forces that can fight and win today, tomorrow, and beyond.
“I’d like to set the tone for the event today and talk about our mindset on sea control, mental toughness and fighting spirit,” Rowden said. “We’ve entered a new age of seapower..”
Tension in the security environment on the seas is rising around the world and being prepared for such a maritime environment is crucial to maintaining our seapower. The guidance to do so is provided for in the SFS. The objective is to achieve and sustain sea control at a chosen time and place to protect the homeland from afar, build and maintain global security, project the national power of the United States, and win decisively through the Surface Force tenants: warfighting readiness; people – trained, competent, and tough.
“We are all warfighters and our mission is to win at sea,” Rowden said. “We must operate as if the shooting began yesterday. But for those of you at sea, I would offer that much of the success you’re going to have, or not have, depends up on your level of engagement and enthusiasm for training.”
Capt. Kurt Sellerberg, the director of the Distributed Lethality Task Force at CNSP briefed attendees on what he refers to as the central nervous system to the SFS - “T4” – which stands for Tactics, Talent, Tools and Training. T4 calls for tactical excellence and rededication within the Surface Force to provide sea control.