Manning the Helm: The Coast Guard's New Leadership Team Should Launch a Critical Self-Study, Which Will Help the Service Navigate Challenging Political Currents
Proc. Naval Inst. (August 2014), at 20-25
6 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2015 Last revised: 6 Mar 2015
Date Written: August 1, 2014
The US Coast Guard’s value to the nation is its versatile, highly adaptive, multimission character. The defining attribute of the service is its readiness. For the Coast Guard, its semper paratus motto is no mere Baron Münchhausen brag. Like the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard prides itself on being most ready when others are least ready. As technology compresses geography and reaction times, maritime-domain awareness backed by effective border control will be increasingly important to the nation’s security. Coast Guard leadership must resist being forced by budget constraints to retreat into the pre-9/11 “boat-in-the-barn” approach to maritime security and safety.
Keywords: Coast Guard, strategy, maritime
JEL Classification: H56, L91
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