The Department of the Navy (DON) released its business operations plan Oct. 24, establishing the framework for the department’s continuing business reform agenda.
“The Department of the Navy Business Operations Plan for Fiscal Years 2019 – 2021” represents a strategic shift for the department, from oversight to leadership in ensuring that the department’s business operations effectively and efficiently achieve its mission to man, train, and equip Navy and Marine Corps forces for global operations.
Through greater accountability, more agile processes and improved management of business operations, the plan will enable greater efficiencies that allow the department to reallocate resources from business operations to readiness and recapitalize our naval forces for the future.
“As we look forward to the future, we must continue this momentum by leveraging every resource, expert, leading practice, and efficiency we can find – from all sources, private and public – to think anew about our business operating model,” Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said in the plan’s opening message. “The National Defense Strategy and National Defense Business Operations Plan drive our agenda, and this Business Operations Plan will guide our Department by providing a vision for the future, and charting a clear course for how to get there.”
The Department of the Navy Business Operations Plan aligns to the three lines of effort expressed in the National Defense Strategy (NDS): Rebuild Military Readiness as We Build a More Lethal Joint Force, Strengthen Our Alliances & Attract New Partners, and Reform the Department’s Business Practices for Greater Performance and Affordability, as well as to the nine objectives defined in the Fiscal Year 2018-2022 National Defense Business Operations Plan (NDBOP):
The Under Secretary of the Navy, Thomas B. Modly will lead the implementation of the business operations plan in his role as the Chief Management Officer (CMO) for the Department of the Navy. “America’s security relies on the success of our U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team. Our Sailors and Marines represent the greatest expeditionary force the world has ever seen, operating forward every day to shape and defend our national interests,” said Modly in a message in the business operations plan. “Yet, as the National Defense Strategy reminds us, the U.S. military has no pre-ordained right to success or victory. We must now move with a sense of urgency to improve how we manage the Department in order to continually reinvest into the improved readiness and modernization of our force. While doing so, we will create a more agile and accountable organization that not only responds rapidly and with precision, but also anticipates future threats and opportunities.”