2 thoughts on ““Securing American Maritime Boundaries”

  1. I do not understand why USCG was not expanded 4-fold following 9-11. The Guard has gone from a big fish in a little pond (DOT) to a litle fish in a big pond(DHS). Good policy, bad execution. More with less always ends badly. When a few dozen Coast Guardsmen lose their lives or are unable to combat a serious threat, the Government will wake up. Sadly, we will have lost 9 or 10 years of opportunities to train new people and build up the force. The professionalism and dedication of all in the Guard is what is holding things together. Reservists and Auxiliarists are filling in the gaps too. How long can that keep up?

  2. The fact that the Coast Guard does not seem to feel a sense of urgency about the state of their fleet (as evidenced by the apparent plan to wait until the National Security Cutters are finished before starting on the OPCs) troubles me. Perhaps they are resigned to the situation.

    I did a little figuring:

    The Coast Guard’s Medium Endurance Cutter replacements are not scheduled to start coming off the line for at least eight years. Figuring the end of 2018 as the earliest the old ships will be replaced, at that time the average age of the Medium Endurance Cutters will be over 43 years; 13 will be over 50 years old; even the youngest will be over 28 years old.

    Since the procurement process seems to have stretched to ten years now, there are several other classes whose replacements we should be working on.

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