UPI is reporting there will be no cuts to the Coast Guard budget.
It also appears that, now that it is means more money in the budget, we have discovered we are military afterall. “We’re deployed all over the world. We’ve been deployed to the North Arabian Gulf for going over 13 years now. We are where our Department of Defense is. We are an armed service.”
The US Naval Institute News Service provides a copy of the White House’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget outline, entitled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.”
It does not mention the Coast Guard.
The Commandant resently completed the 2017 State of the Coast Guard address. You can watch it here. You can read the text in pdf format here.
The Small Wars Journal has an article, “Maritime Civil Affairs” by Paul W. Taylor, decrying the Navy’s failure to adequately provide for Maritime Civil Affairs.
He describes this mission as follows:
“Those military operations that enhance the relationship between military forces and civil authorities in localities where maritime forces are present; require interaction and consultation with other maritime interagency, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations; indigenous maritime populations and institutions; and the maritime private sector; and which involve application of maritime functional skills to problems that normally are the responsibility of civil government to enhance the conduct of civil-military operations.”
And he sees the requisite skill set as:
- Protection of the maritime environment;
- Operation and maintenance of ports, harbors and waterways;
- Governance of maritime environments, industry, and resources; and
- Maritime law enforcement, security, and safety, including migration control.
First, I am not surprised the Navy has had a hard time filling this role, and second, this sound a whole lot like Coast Guard missions.
The Navy League has made it easy to contact both the both law makers and the Administration to express your concern for reported plans to cut the Coast Guard budget by 14%, Use the link below.
If you are not a Navy League member, the stock letter will require some editing, but I really think the most important thing is to add to the numbers.
Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention.
This is well outside my wheelhouse, so no comment, but MarineLink has an interview with Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, Rear Admiral Paul Thomas.
Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flies on a simulated Navy aerial reconnaissance flight near the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) off the coast of southern California on Dec. 5, 1995. The Predator provides near, real-time infrared and color video to intelligence analysts and controllers on the ground and the ship. This is the Predator’s first maritime mission with a carrier battle group. The UAV was launched from San Nicholas Island off the coast of southern California. DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffrey S. Viano, U.S. Navy.
DefenseNews appears to be telling us that the AirForce is replacing the MQ-1 Predator with the more capable MQ-9 Reaper.
Does that mean there will be surplus MQ-1s?
We have a need for shore based Unmanned Aircraft to enhance Maritime Domain Awareness. Perhaps surplus Air Force Predators could be an interim step.