Capitalizing on US Coast Guard Authorities and Capabilities Across the Competition Continuum with the return of Great Power
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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The 2018 United States US National Defense Strategy NDS explicitly emphasizes the importance of capitalizing on the US Interagency and the US Joint force to employ all dimensions of national power, thus gaining andmaintaining competitive advantages over peer competition. The Department of Defense DoD can specifically benefit from capitalizing on its relationship with the United States Coast Guard USCG. Notably, the USCG maintains unique authorities and capabilities, and is at all times both a branch of the armed forces Title 10 and a federal law enforcement agency Title 14. By effectively employing the USCG across the competition continuum, the US will reduce the risk of maritime miscalculation with the Peoples Republic of China PRC, mitigate gray zone challenges, and fill capability gaps in the Pacific.