The Coast Guard finds itself more relevant and in greater demand now than ever before. In focusing our efforts over the next five years, the greatest challenge is not in determining what the nation needs us to do, but in ascertaining which and how much of those things we can afford to do, when the demand for our services far outstrips our available resources. My thoughts about the future revolve around the two things the American people buy when they invest their tax dollars in the Coast Guard: readiness and mission execution. By those measures, the Coast Guard provides an exceptional return on the investment.
Charting the Coast Guard's Course
The new Commandant evaluates the service’s recent successes but prescribes a pragmatic agenda.
By Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard