[Marxism] The Wikipedia skinny on the Navy and "Defense"; was (Re (Marxism): Barry Sheppard....

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sat Dec 13 17:40:16 MST 2008

Under Navy Department, Wikipedia declares:1
The United States Department of the Navy was established by an Act of
Congress on April 30, 1798, to provide administrative and technical support,
and civilian leadership to the United States Navy and the United States
Marine Corps (and when directed by the Congress or President, the United
States Coast Guard). It is headed by the Secretary of the Navy, also known
as the SECNAV in naval jargon. He is assisted by an Under Secretary of the
Navy. The Department was a cabinet position, along with the War Department
which contained the US Army until 1947 when the National Military
Establishment was formed. The National Military Establishment was later
renamed Department of Defense (DOD) in 1949. The Department of the Navy then
became a component of the DOD.

The Department of the Navy consists of Executive offices, mostly located at
the Pentagon and the adjacent Navy Annex, and is responsible for the
recruiting of military and civilian personnel, organizing, supplying,
equipping, training, and the mobilization and demobilization of the Navy and
Marine Corps, and their human capital and physical assets. The Department
also oversees the construction, outfitting and repair of naval ships,
aircraft, equipment, and facilities.

2006 Department of the Navy command structureThe Department comprises two
uniformed services, also called the sea services, the United States Navy and
the United States Marine Corps.

The highest ranking military officers in the department are the Chief of
Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, who are the
President's and the SECNAV's principal Naval advisors. They run their
respective military components of the department and serve as members of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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