The Coast Guard Should be the Designated Lead Agency to Manage and Execute Maritime Domain
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Maritime security is of paramount importance to the United States. The President and the senior leadership of our country have recognized this threat and developed the National Strategy for Maritime Security Plan and its eight supporting plans to counter the threat. However, the National Strategy for Maritime Security Plan and the supporting plans employ a unity of effort concept for their execution, and are ambiguous concerning which agency or agencies should be accountable for their success. The ambiguity has already led to turf battles and confusion as to roles and responsibilities between agencies. Such confusion is unacceptable five years after 911. This paper suggests, as an illustrative example, the U. S, Coast Guard should be identified as the lead agency for implementation and execution of the National Plan to Achieve Maritime Domain Awareness. It provides arguments for and against the position. It also provides recommendations that are aimed at improving the U.S. Coast Guards fulfillment of such a role.
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