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May 13

Maritime Challenges and the Future of the U.S. Navy

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May is Protect America Month, The Heritage Foundation’s annual series of events and publications aimed at highlighting key national defense and homeland security issues. One of our distinguished featured speakers is Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, the highest ranking officer in the U.S. Navy and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Admiral Roughead became the 29th Chief of Naval Operations in September 2007. He was the first officer to command both classes of Aegis ships--cruisers and destroyers--and he is one of only two officers to have commanded the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. As Chief, Admiral Roughead is the principal advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of the Navy on the conduct of naval warfare. He is also responsible for ensuring that naval forces are trained, equipped, and ready to operate where needed.

Admiral Roughead’s position has been described by some commentators as the primary leadership role of the organization most responsible for defending the global economic system, ensuring the unhindered movement of global commerce and securing the infrastructure of the modern communication system. Please join us as Admiral Roughead reflects on how the U.S. Navy plans to prepare for and prevail against the challenges of the future and to keep the U.S. and its allies safe and prosperous.

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Admiral Gary Roughead
Chief of Naval Operations

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Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D.

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