Vice Adm. Phillip Sawyer, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5)
The DCNO for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5) is the principal advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) on joint operations and the development of joint strategies, plans, programs, and policies. Specifically, DCNO N3/N5 develops and disseminates Navy strategies and plans related to homeland defense, conflict deterrence, crisis response, maritime security, ocean and Arctic policy, nuclear weapon global employment, Navy Title X, CNO-interest war gaming and innovation, and naval and joint operations integration. CNO N3/N5 coordinates the global employment of naval forces and they also play a role in implementing the Optimized Fleet Response Plan and the Navy's personnel augmentation initiative.
In June 2020, Navy headquarters reorganized to better align and prioritize efforts focused on competing against great-power rivals. Per the reorganization, the strategy-focused section of OPNAV N3/N5 realigned to N7, along with the office formerly constituted to oversee Navy analytics.
Updated by Kristin Stiner, December 2021