Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trying to Understand the 'Warfighting Wholeness' concept

Our Naval Warfare Integration Group (N00X) is leading a series of warfighting wholeness assessments to identify potential gaps and align resources to fill those gaps. 
Way Ahead:
  • We will use warfighting wholeness reviews to identify capability gaps and direct our limited resources to areas with greatest impact.
CNO in his guidance for 2011.
"We have established a process - fully integrated with the Marine Corps - that allows us to make more informed decisions regarding the investments we are making.  By aligning our process, the Naval Capability Development Process, under the "pillars" of Sea Power 21: Sea Shield, Sea Strike, Sea Basing and FORCEnet, we are able to programmatically and fiscally transform these concepts into Naval Capabilities. It also allows us to take an approach that develops 'warfighting wholeness' across the full range of appropriation accounts. "
"By 'warfighting wholeness' I mean a balanced approach to current readiness and future readiness across the spectrum of warfighting mission capabilities.  Maximizing our aggregate warfighting capability, or creating 'warfighting wholeness,' was our overarching goal as we developed our recommendations for the budget request."
Vice Admiral John Nathman, April 2003, Congressional testimony 

"We view the requirements generation process as a holistic endeavor that looks at capability packages not single systems or platforms. By warfighting wholeness, we mean a product where no one owns any one program, where good enough is good enough and we have an end state in mind."

From: CNO and OPNAV Reorganization

"Warfighting Wholeness replaces sub-optimal stovepipes".
From the CNO's Vision
"We employ the Naval Capability Development Process (NCDP) and Expeditionary Force Development System (EFDS). The NCDP and EFDS take a concepts-to-capabilities approach to direct investment to achieve future warfighting wholeness. The NCDP takes a sea-based, offensive approach that provides power projection and access with distributed and networked forces featuring unmanned and off-board nodes with penetrating surveillance via pervasive sensing and displaying that rapidly deliver precision effects."

(RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND ACQUISITION) in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Naval Capability Development Process
The Naval Capability Development Process allows the Navy to  develop “warfighting wholeness” to achieve balance among the pillars of Sea Power 21 in a manner that focuses investment across the full range of appropriation accounts.
This process incorporates strategic guidance from Strategic Planning Guidance, Transformation Planning Guidance, National Security Strategy, and Joint Operating, Functional, and Integrating Concepts. Capability development is derived from various warfighting scenarios that look across the next 15 to 20 years. Force capability metrics – “What it takes for the maritime component of the Joint force to win…” – help determine the best way to identify the capabilities that meet the metrics within available resources.
The analytical insights then focus investment not only in acquisition programs (including research and development) but also in science and technology. The Chief of Naval Research plays an important role in developing transformational capabilities that one day will contribute significantly to achieving warfighting wholeness.
Admiral Cosgriff, Congressional Testimony

And, some more from OPNAVINST 5420.108D  CNO Executive Decision Making Process:

Forum: Warfighting Wholeness Review
Chair: CNO
Membership: VCNO, DNS, N1, N2/N6, N3/N5, N4, N8, N00X, ONR, others as required
Periodicity: As required
Charter: Per N00X Charter and CNO guidance
Description:  Identify capability gaps and seams across doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF) and align resources to fill those gaps. These efforts will be led by N00X with support from the Navy staff, warfare centers of excellence, and the fleet.

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