Accession Number:

ADA415363

Title:

As the World Changes - So Must the Coast Guard

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-02-03

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

The new requirements being thrust on the Coast Guard since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon are both extensive and asset intensive. The threats to our nations maritime are vast and require constant monitoring to deter, defend or respond to a possible future attack. Numerous assets and intense interagency cooperation will be necessary in responding to the challenges which lay ahead. Coordinating a strong and continuous defensive posture will require a sound command and control system. The Coast Guard, which has been designated lead federal agency for maritime security, should be concerned with its present command and control system. It is outdated and incompatible with the other armed services. The lack of a functioning operational staff is but one example of the flaws in the Coast Guards command and control structure. Meeting its new responsibilities will require innovative thinking and a willingness to accept change. To be successful, in its new role of supported commander, the Coast Guard must identify its flaws and initiate solutions.

Subject Categories:

  • Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE