There are three ongoing, far-reaching changes reshaping the U.S. Coast Guard. First, America's national security calculus is changing. In today's and tomorrow's world, U.S. sea power includes not just naval power but also the maritime power provided by the U.S. Coast Guard. We need the Navy to command the seas and to shape events on land, but we also need the Coast Guard to ensure the seas are used safely, fully, securely, and wisely. Nontraditional criminal, operational, commercial, and environmental threats are on the rise, and the Coast Guard frequently is and will be the first line of defense for the U.S. homeland. The growing need to exercise maritime power close to home makes the Coast Guard the most relevant and vital "naval" force for operations in our hemisphere.
The Coast Guard Needs Focus
By Captain Bruce Stubbs, USCG (Ret.)