Given the nature of international maritime threats, the U.S. Coast Guard can make a major security contribution to the network currently advocated by the U.S. and many foreign navies.
Leaders of world navies and coast guards offered strong hut qualified support in the March 2006 International Navies issue of Proceedings for the U.S. Navy's initiative to build a global maritime security network, the 1,000-Ship Navy. These leaders counseled that success for this global fleet concept requires a significant law enforcement component-a critical ingredient, given the natures of the threats all maritime states face. The German Navy's Vice Admiral Lutz Feldt cautioned that maritime security involved more than naval operations, and Spanish Navy Admiral Sebastian Zaragoza Solo echoed his warning.
The U.S. Navy is not today ready to meet global law-enforcement and constabulary requirements. On the other hand, because of its unique status and history as both a law enforcement agency and an armed force, the U.S. Coast Guard is positioned to help the Navy make its concept a reality.
Why the U.S. Coast Guard?