The Coast Guard is quietly undergoing its most dramatic restructuring since before World War II. Over the past two years, the nation's oldest sea service has begun thoroughly revamping its basic headquarters structure and major field-level commands, redesigning its logistics and maintenance systems, streamlining its bureaucracy, and replacing its antiquated budgetary and financial processes. It has been modernizing its approach to writing doctrine and ensuring readiness. And it has been strengthening its traditional "surge" tactics for handling emergencies by establishing a new Deployable Operations Group that resembles the adaptive-force-package approach long used by other military services.
It is also expanding and solidifying its role—and influence—in the Department of Homeland Security, increasing its day-to-day involvement with other services, becoming visibly more active in international maritime security efforts, and slowly repairing its relations with Congress, which were damaged during the 2006-2007 Deepwater uproar.