Admiral Allen scheduled to give keynote address on maritime strategy

HOUSTON – Senior Officers from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard will present the new maritime strategy known as “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower” to more than 150 community leaders from Houston at the Houston Branch Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Jan 24, at 9:00 a.m. CST. They will discuss how U.S. seapower benefits the people of Houston and maintains the American way of life.

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant, United States Coast Guard, will offer a keynote address at 12:30 p.m. CST followed by questions and answers.

Houston is first stop of 2008 in a series of national “Conversations with the Country,” that bring together a wide cross-section of American society to openly discuss the future roles of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard in protecting the homeland and working with global partners to prevent war. The new U.S. maritime strategy recognizes the economic links of the global economy and how any disruption due to regional crises – manmade or natural – can adversely impact the U.S. economy and quality of life in cities like Houston whose economies are intimately tied to seaborne imports/exports.

The new strategy provides for the right balance of forces to conduct traditional combat missions, but also raises the prevention of war to a level equal to the conduct of war. It will apply maritime power to the crucial responsibility of protecting U.S. vital interests in an increasingly interconnected and uncertain world.

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Source: Navy Office of Information

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