Heritage Foundation - Future of the Coast Guard
US Coast Guard Seal
At Heritage today we got a presentation by US Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Collins, who spoke on the future of the Coast Guard.
Sometimes it was a little too in depth to really get in to, but overall was a pretty good presentation. After the events of 9/11 the Coast Guard has been doing a lot of refocusing and development. At this time 24% of the US Coast Guard resources are being used for Homeland Security. Their goal is to reduce the risk of maritime security risks, which they feel is necessary and urgent. Today they have a number of strategies they are pursuing, one of which involves better ships and aircraft. Admiral Collins mentioned how many of their ships are "old enough to collect social security." Too often the ships aren't reliable and are in need of repairs. In order to upgrade their current fleet, though, US Coast Guard continues to ask for more funding from the government.