"The global security environment has changed. Although the United States has been at the forefront of technological advancement for years, the greater availability and lower cost of acquiring these technologies has led to their proliferation. Potential adversaries have developed game-changing cyber capabilities and ways to exploit the electromagnetic spectrum upon which our forces so heavily rely," Hawkins said.
As for the issue of growing naval presence of China in the Asia-Pacific region, much discussed by military experts and seen as a threat by some of them to the US Navy's unique position in the region, the press officer confirmed that this topic "will be covered in the updated maritime strategy."
"We will continue to operate forward where it matters, when it matters; we will remain engaged to ensure global stability through partnerships; and we will continue to be ready," the press officer concluded.
The 2015 US Maritime strategy will be presented within a few weeks, according to Hawkins.
The latest version of the country's Maritime Strategy was published in 2007, explaining the role of US Naval Forces in pursuing such goals of the United States, as maintaining domestic security, contributing to the international security and safety of the world's naval commerce.