Commander, Naval Surface Force, Discusses Near-Peer Threats at AFCEA West 2018
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 6, 2018) Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces, explains the application of his new Surface Force philosophy during a "Near-Peer Competition - What Are We Doing Differently to Acquire and Sustain Systems?" panel discussion at WEST 2018, a three-day conference sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and U.S. Naval Institute. Brown assumed command of Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet on Jan. 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lenny LaCrosse/Released)​

SAN DIEGO (NNS) – During a panel discussion at WEST 2018, Feb. 6 in San Diego, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Vice Adm. Richard Brown, highlighted how the Surface Force is preparing warships to fight and win.

The panel centered on the theme, “What Are the Major Naval Warfare Communities Doing Differently to Adjust to the Increasing Near-Peer Threats? Brown joined four other military leaders, Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare; Maj. Gen. Eric Smith, Commanding General, 1 Marine Division; Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller III, commander, Naval Air Force; and Vice Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander, Naval Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and commander, Allied Submarine Command as panelists, which was moderated by retired Vice Adm. Doug Crowder.

Just three weeks into his new role, Brown released the Surface Force command philosophy to the Fleet, and explained its relevance to how the Surface Force is adjusting to near-peer threats.

“[The Surface Force Philosophy] outlines the principles for how we approach ‘Owning the Fight;’ being the fastest, the toughest, the smartest, and most importantly, the preeminent Naval Surface Force in the world,” Brown said.

“Our focus is to do everything in our power to help each of our commanding officers prepare their ship and their crews’ for combat, enabling Surface Forces to provide Fleet Commanders with combat naval power at sea and project that power ashore where and when it matters.”

Brown believes that by operating on the guiding principles of good stewardship, professional development and safety, the Navy can build upon enduring maritime traditions, optimize warfighting capabilities, and ensure the ultimate success of the crews and their ships.

“If we do well in these three areas, we will ‘Own the Fight,’ and we will win every time,” said Brown. “As the type commander of the Surface Force, that’s my number one priority – manning, training and equipping our surface combatants to fight and win at sea - now and in the future.”

For the past 28 years, WEST, a naval conference and exposition, has brought military and industry leaders together to network; encouraging discussion with personnel who design and build the technologies impacting the warfighter.

“I think the key to deterring aggression is to show we’re committed, we’re out there and we’re forward-deployed; but with our partner nations and the incredible navies of our allies, if required we will fight and we will win,” stated Brown while addressing the audience.

This three-day conference is hosted by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI). WEST provides engagement theatres where military, government and industry professionals can have in-depth discussions about specific issues and topics.

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