The U.S. Coast Guard is undergoing a massive and unprecedented effort to completely restructure itself around Iwo themes: mission execution and mission support. With little fanfare. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Alien has generated a sea change that strikes at fundamental service traditions, the promotion system, the organizational structure, the operating culture, and the entire way the Coast Guard thinks about itself It is nothing less than transformational in the true meaning of that oft-used, if not abused, term.
Not since 1939. when the Commandant. then-Rear Admiral Russell R. Waesche. reorganized the Coast Guard, has the service seen anything like this. Now. nearly 70 years on. Admiral Alien intends nothing less than a fundamental reordering of the Coast Guard for the 21st century. This is not transformation for transformation's sake, but transformation to:
* Address the strategic problems of nonmilitary, transnational, asymmetric threats in the maritime domain that the United States is likely to face in the future.