To be successful at both homeland security and law enforcement missions while balancing the needs of many other missions—such as search and rescue and maintaining aids to navigation—the Coast Guard will have to make radical changes in its approach to war fighting. Before 11 September there was much debate as to whether the international community's efforts to combat the flow of illegal drugs into North America and Europe was a law enforcement problem or was tantamount to war. As the Coast Guard examines new strategies and implements new tactics in the war on terrorism, a similar discussion rages: is it a war, a law enforcement action, or something in between?
The Coast Guard Needs Better Tactical Intel
By Captain Wayne Gibson, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Joe DiRenzo III, U.S. Coast Guard