Commandant Remarks and Q&A–USNI/CSIS on CSPAN

Earlier we talked briefly about the Commandant’s address to the USNI and CSIS Maritime Security Dialog. This is the entire address.

It is about 53 minutes, of which the first half is prepared remarks and the second half Q&A.

I think you will find it worth the time.

Thanks again to James WF for pointing me to this.

2 thoughts on “Commandant Remarks and Q&A–USNI/CSIS on CSPAN

  1. He’s smooth. Could be a senator if he wasn’t the commandant of the coast guard.

    A couple takeaways I had.

    A new icebreaker (or even a refurbishment of the old one) is not going to be funded through the normal shipbuilding budget, period. He’s not even interested in the conversation when his acquisition budget is under or about a billion a year for the entire service.

    As grotesquely expensive as the National Security Cutters have been, the Coast Guard is milking them for all they are worth. Pretty impressive that while while working on Rimpac in San Diego they completed a drug interdiction, then went to Hawaii and worked with the Chinese Navy, then went on to do fishery enforcement in the Pacific. All in the same deployment. Sometimes you do get what you pay for.

    He talked a lot about the good working relationship at the present time between the Coast Guard and the US Navy. And it does seem like they are on the same page. Interesting that he said there would be an increased focus on the Western hemisphere. I’m not sure if that means the people deployed to the Gulf of Aden and Bahrain are coming home or not.

    • There were a couple of encouraging things I saw.

      First the statement that recapitalizing the Coast Guard was the Department Secretary’s number two priority.

      Second the Commandant’s statement that he was in the sales and marketing business. Sounds like (a) he is a good salesman, and (b) he is trying very hard to get the AC&I funding increased.

      I also found the suggestion of basing patrol craft near the narcotics maritime transit zone evidence of openness to new ways of doing things.

      Now we have to wait and see if optimism is in fact justified.

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