Building a Navy – deWulf Navy (2)

Continuing the series on Building a Navy, the next stage is to look at the Strategic Goals that the Navy is being tasked with. While not entirely dependent on the previous Strategic Assumptions, they are informed by them, and together they begin to form the foundation of what the deWulf Navy is built on.

The Chart

The conjunction of Assumptions and Goals defines the overall space that the Navy has to work with, and thusly drive more of the details and processes that make up the actual Corporate Navy.

deWulf Strategic Goals

Taking into account the strategic and fiscal environments that are present, the Strategic Goals of the deWulf Corporate Democracy begin to take shape. While these goals are presented in a priority order, there an unsurprising amount of overlap between different goals. This should be taken as an attempt to bloat the budget (as some pundits have made) but instead a tact admission that defense policy is a complicated beast that has multiple overlapping needs and priority levels. As an example, a subset of the first priority (maintaining sufficient forces in nodal positions) also can provide fulfilment of second and third order priority entries.

Even so, these priorities are not a clad in iron. There are times where a second or third order priority can (and will) take priority over a higher priority. In times of active war, the requirement for nodal defensive forces is often the one that is ‘violated’ in order to support other priorities as needed. In some cases these are decisions made by Central Command, in conjunction with political directives. In others they are made by the officer in command. In the cases of the latter, an inquiry (at least informally) will take place to confirm that the correct decisions were made.

  1. The Defense of Revenue Centers AKA Populated Worlds
    • Defending colonized shirtsleeve planets, then hazardous planets, then moons/asteroid belts in that general order
    • Maintaining sufficient mobile forces in nodal positions to deal with emerging threats
  2. Protection of Commerce
    • Convoy defense through hazardous systems
    • Piracy suppression and elimination
    • Convoy defense outside of deWulf space and outside of friendly polity space
    • Conduct safety inspections of civilian freighters
    • Supporting civilian maintenance and infrastructure requirements
  3. Protection of Territorial Integrity
    • Securing border systems
    • Securing core nodal/chokepoint systems internally
    • Securing nodal/chokepoint systems outside official borders
    • Conducting customs inspections on freighters for import/export controls
  4. Extended Defensive Operations
    • Maintaining fleet reserve to conduct offensive operations as per strategic goals
    • Stockpiling ready-deployable defensive emplacements to secure threatened systems

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