National Defense Magazine is reporting the Coast Guard is planning major upgrades to its connectivity.
Improvements are planned for both routine reporting and staff work and for Command and Control,
“The Coast Guard was slated to transition to Microsoft Office 365 this spring to increase email reliability. Plans also include making internet speeds 50 times faster this year and improving ship connectivity over the next three years, Schultz noted.”
Plus there will be additional Cyber expertise.
“President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget request calls for adding 179 cyber personnel to the Coast Guard’s existing force, Schultz noted. The service currently has about 360 cyber personnel, and about 50 or 60 are coming on board this year.”
However, the Coast Guard isn’t just looking to play defense, he noted. It wants to conduct its own cyber attacks against adversaries.
Presumably all this will include better connectivity in the polar regions. The Healey was reportedly out of contact for long periods during her last trip to the Arctic.
Recently sections of the Rescue 21 system were down for prolonged periods in Alaska. We don’t want that to happen.
Off topic already
These vessels were originally under development for the RoC Navy years ago, but actual fielding seems to have been delayed for some time.