While the Coast Guard performs some strategy work quite well, there are major gaps in its strategic assessment and strategy development processes that leave the organization vulnerable to the “tyranny of the present” and budget-dominated myopia. Fortunately, the organization possesses the high-level talent necessary to fill these gaps, and it already vets that talent through a robust and established process every year. Moreover, the majority of the talented individuals that go through this vetting are subsequently stationed in the same location. In short, the Coast Guard can fill the wide gaps in its enterprise strategic processes, for little to no cost, by using existing expertise and processes.
The Coast Guard Needs a Strategic Studies Group
By Commander Kevin Duffy, U.S. Coast Guard