Craig Hooper has another pro-Coast Guard post in Forbes.
It talks about a domestic terrorism incident as a justification for the Waterways Commerce Cutter program.
The program already seems to be progressing well with essentially no opposition.
The article goes a bit beyond advocating for the program as it exists now.
“—the emerging threat of domestic terrorism suggests that these vessels may need to enhance their disaster response capabilities faster than the Coast Guard expects. Better communications, better situational awareness resources and better resources to keep crew safe may be quite useful over the three or four decades. Fittings for chemical sensors, extra protective gear storage, unmanned platform capabilities, and better decontamination resources all ensure these Cutters will be viable over the long-term.”
Take a look. I am not enthusiastic about Hooper’s suggested upgrades, but I have a lot of respect for his opinion, so would not dismiss them out of hand.