On 14 February 2008, standing before a packed audience at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen, entering his third year at the helm of America's smallest armed service, noted, the Coast Guard is leaning forward, poised to meet the demands of our new millennium as the Revenue Cutter service was 100 years ago. We are prepared to adapt in order to ensure safety, security, and stewardship of this nation and the world's maritime commons. . . . Much of what has been accomplished, however, is through the genius of our people. But there is a limit to what any organization can accomplish when the overall end strength has not changed materially in 50 years. Past successes don't guarantee future performance. We should honor the past; we should not operate in it.
The U.S. Coast Guard in Review
By Joe DiRenzo III and Chris Doane