The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft, said in his State of the Coast Guard speech on 23 February, “By leveraging the intelligence community we are able to attack maritime
threats with greater precision and balance risk across all of our mission areas to surge limited resources where they are needed most.” Later in this speech, he spoke of the need for intelligence to drive Coast Guard operations. To achieve this goal, the Coast Guard should embrace its 12th statutory mission—intelligence—that was codified into law on 28 December 2001. At that time the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 amended the National Security Act of 1947 by adding the Coast Guard as an element of the national Intelligence Community within Title 50 of U.S. Code.
This legislative change created an additional Coast Guard statutory mission, adding to the 11 the service presently acknowledges in “Doctrine for the U.S. Coast Guard” (commonly referred to as “Publication 1”):
• Marine Safety
• Search and Rescue
• Aids to Navigation
• Living Marine Resources (domestic fisheries)