Putting new emphasis on mastery of craft and leadership will ensure the Coast Guard is prepared to confidently take the initiative in fulfilling its mission.
The ability to harness and manage change has been widely heralded in the past decade, spurred on by the conventional wisdom that being change-centric is a key organizational value. The Coast Guard embraced that trend. We have grown in size, authorities, and capabilities since 2002—expanding operations, making sweeping organizational realignments. We pressed more operational and administrative requirements on our people, and increasing budgets fueled a proliferation of technology at every level as part of those changes. Over the past two years, however, we have moderated that pace of change through efforts to “Steady the Service”—one of my four guiding principles.