In the October 2009 issue of Proceedings, then-Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen cited certain tasks that could mitigate the threats posed by small craft manned by hostile operators. Two were inexpensive and offered immediate improvement. First, we must "develop a strong partnership with the small-craft community to enhance maritime domain awareness." Second, we must "improve coordination, cooperation, and communications between the public and private sectors as well as our international partners."
The Platinum Coast Guard
To assist with friend/foe identification of ambiguous small craft in mixed-use waters, we need the committed help of the all-volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary and their uncompromising guardian ethic.
By Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Ray Bollinger, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (Retired)