"I want to emphasize that our analysis of the threats and risks will drive the structure, operations, policies, and missions of the Department, and not the other way around. We will not look at the threats and our mission through the prisms of the Department's existing structures and functions."
—Secretary of Homeland security Michael Chertoff
2 March 2005
Our commandant has told us that the Coast Guard must transform itself, and that the "Deepwater" capital acquisition program will drive Coast Guard transformation.1 But transformation is a journey, not an end in itself, and individual Coastguardsmen must have clarity regarding a clearly articulated and measurable end state—which is an armed force that ensures the security of America's maritime approaches.