Secretary of the Navy Raymond Mabus offers his thoughts on the service’s current challenges and future trajectory in a conversation with R. Jeffrey Smith of the Center for Public Integrity. Mabus details the Navy’s efforts to keep costs under control–both in terms of its procurement of new ships as well as in the cost savings realized through alternative fuels and energy efficiency programs. He comments on the service’s relationship with rising naval powers such as China as well as its efforts to stay ahead of technological curve with its investment in the new littoral combat ship. Mabus also discusses the Navy’s efforts to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce–particularly women–and to respond effectively to the problem of sexual assault within the ranks.
Raymond E. Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, U.S. Department of Defense
R. Jeffrey Smith, Managing Editor, National Security, Center for Public Integrity