The year 2013 brought increased challenges to the Coast Guard as the service sought to balance a declining budget with increasing operational demand. Sequestration and other budget control actions forced a $295 million cut to the service’s modest $8 billion budget. In his December testimony before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Vice Admiral John Currier, the service’s Vice Commandant, talked of the operational impacts of sequestration that forced the Coast Guard to reduce operations, defer depot-level maintenance, and decrease spare parts levels and training. Additionally, sequestration required a 25 percent operational reduction that affected the Coast Guard’s ability to maintain an effective maritime presence to detect, deter, and intercept at-sea threats.
U.S. Coast Guard in Review
By Joe DiRenzo III and Chris Doane