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In addition to training U.S. sailors in real-world conditions, military readiness requires developing ships, aircraft, weapons, combat systems, sensors, and other necessary equipment to support their missions and to give them a technological edge over adversaries. The wide open spaces that we see from the shoreline are but a very small portion of the ocean and coastal space that our Navy has relied upon for generations to provide training grounds for victory at sea. The true missions of a ready and capable seagoing force are twofold. First, the United States, through its Navy, must accomplish tasking that furthers national interests. With competing importance, the nation's companion duty is to give its sailors the greatest likelihood of returning home safely from battle. Each improvement in training and testing builds capability, improves mission execution, and allows moreeffcientcomprehension,allofwhichpromote successful operations and reduce loss. "… the only truly, sacred obligation we have as a nation–to equip those we send to war and care for them when they come home from war." — Vice President Joe Biden. Failing to Plan is a Failing Plan In the end, every incompatibility reconciled through planning supports the Navy's mission and potentially saves sailors' lives. Marine planning is a way to assess and compare the Navy's training and testing needs to other proposed uses. Planning also provides federal agencies, states, and tribes an opportunity to work collaboratively and plan initiatives that identify the best ways forward. Additionally, the Navy is an integral part of the cities and states that host its installations. Our sailors are part of the community, and the communities are intricately linked to the vitality of Navy bases, installations, and ships. As citizens and partners in federal and local government, part of our mission is to conduct business in a manner that supports the local population. We cannot afford to duplicate activities. A comprehensive planning process, working with all stakeholders, provides an outstanding venue for the Navy to participate in work that will protect our equities and those 22 Proceedings Fall 2013 of our federal, tribal, state, municipal, neighborhood, and economic partners. The Department of the Navy recognizes that ocean governance, environmental stewardship, and resource management are inherent in its mission to defend the nation and safeguard the seas. We have long associatedourwarfghtingmissionwithourresponsibility to protect the natural systems upon which our quality of life depends. A fundamental tenet of military philosophy is that the national defense mission includes natural resources protection. From operational and societal contexts, the Department of Navy understands that proper planning maximizes positive outcomes, while failing to plan leads toconfictanddiscord.Marineplanningprovides theNavyandDepartmentofDefenseaneffcientand effective way forward to optimize offshore uses. The oceans remain our closest and most immediate frontiers, providing crucial resources for multiple sectors. Our oceans shelter, protect, and provide for the people of this country in ways that are sometimes identifiable, but just as often are immeasurable or even unrecognized. They also connect us to the rest of the world through trade, commerce, and international security. Demands on our oceans are intense and growing. We need to plan ocean uses for all sectors of American life, including national defense. To this end, the Department of the Navy is positioned and committed to provide the greatest support possible to the National Ocean Council, the National Ocean Policy, and marine planning. About the authors: Commander James E. Landis is senior military counsel, Fleet and Operational Environmental Law, Offce of the Assistant General Counsel of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment. His service includes tours of duty on submarines, aircraft carriers, and at the Pentagon. Commander Landis was a part of the task force that developed the fnal recommendations in support of the executive order on the National Ocean Policy. He has a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy, a J.D. from UNC School of Law, and an LL.M. from Vermont Law School. Captain Robin Fitch served in the U.S. Navy as an unrestricted line offcer from 1980 to 2010 in the active and reserve components. She has worked for the assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment since 2006, and as the director of Marine Resources and at Sea Policy, where her primary focus is on military activities and environmental sustainability in the marine environment. She holds a B.S., an M.A., and an M.S., and is nearing completion on her PhD with George Mason University's Environmental Policy and Science Department. www.uscg.mil/proceedings