The Obama administration came to power calling for a less confrontational and more collaborative approach to international relations. President Barack Obama repeatedly underscores the importance of working with allies and shaping a new global engagement policy for the United States. He emphasizes the need to enhance global collaboration to better deal with terrorism and other irregular threats and challenges to U.S. interests, citizens, and friends, clearly articulating the objective of crafting a new role for the United States in an evolving multipolar world.
No military service is more important to this vision than the U.S. Coast Guard, which is at the nexus of commercial, law enforcement, security, defense, and military activities. As the only U.S. agency with simultaneous military, law enforcement, and regulatory authorities, it is a multi-mission service charged with a broad array of military and maritime roles, operations, and missions critical to national security.1