Outreach and Partnerships

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Outreach and Partnerships

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the Sea-Air-Space maritime exposition, a large gathering of U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies, and key military decision makers for an innovative, educational and professional maritime-based event.

I participated in the Strategic Sealift panel where fellow panelists from the U.S. Maritime Administration, U.S. Transportation Command, and the U.S. Coast Guard focused on the question, “What is being done to keep our nation’s sealift capability modern and capacity adequate?”


The key points I highlighted to the audience included:

– MSC supports the National Security and National Defense strategies by providing on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world under any condition, 24/7, 365 days a year;

– Our surge sealift fleet is integral to executing the requirements of the strategies, however, maintaining this fleet poses significant challenges;

– We are tackling these challenges head on and instituting actions to adapt to the changing environment in which we operate;

– What we call “Bending the Curve” is our comprehensive multi-year plan of action along several lines of effort to maintain relevance; and

– We’ve been reaching out to our partners in industry, the maritime unions, and at maritime academies to collectively address and solve common problems, and recognize that we cannot accomplish our mission without maintaining strategic relationships with organizations that mutually strengthen one another.

Participating in this type of forum provides an opportunity to engage with our partners. This interaction facilitates our experiential learning and discovery processes and helps us recognize that our partners might have an idea or a solution to one of our current or future challenges.  Working together in a collaborative, team-based setting, overcoming obstacles and seeking innovative solutions, is how we will adapt to the changing operational environment.

Over the next several months we will host numerous outreach events with industry covering a range of issues including contracting, ship repair, small business and information technology. I look forward to maximum staff participation in these forums.

I’ll close by extending my gratitude to those who attended the Sea-Air-Space exposition and exchanged ideas and solutions with our partners and other interested organizations.

Thank you for all the work you do each and every day.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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