What is Sea Shield?
Traditionally, naval defense
has protected the unit, the fleet, and the sea lines of
communication. Tomorrow's Navy will do much more. Sea Shield takes
us beyond unit and task-force defense to provide the nation with
sea-based theater and strategic defense.
Sea Shield will protect our
national interests with layered global defensive power based on
control of the seas, forward presence, and networked intelligence.
It will use these strengths to enhance homeland defense, assure
access to contested littorals, and project defensive power deep
inland. As with Sea Strike, the foundation of these integrated
operations will be information superiority, total force
networking, and an agile and flexible sea-based force.
Homeland defense will be
accomplished by a national effort that integrates forward-deployed
naval forces with the other military services, civil authorities,
and intelligence and law-enforcement agencies. Working with the
newly established Northern Command, we will identify, track, and
intercept dangers long before they threaten our homeland. These
operations will extend the security of the United States far
seaward, taking advantage of the time and space afforded by naval
forces to shield our nation from impending threats.
Sea Power 21
Sea Trial/Sea Warrior/Sea Enterprise