Academic journal article Naval War College Review

A Sound Investment

Academic journal article Naval War College Review

A Sound Investment

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IN MY VIEW

Sir:

Regardless of the merits of Capt. Mark Johnson's well-written piece, "The Coast Guard Alternative" (NWCR, Winter 2000), the fact remains that the Coast Guard is unable to keep up with the missions it already has, because of a lack of funds and decrepit equipment.

It is sad that while the United States ponders financial and military aid to Colombia and arms deals to Taiwan, the Coast Guard is relegated to plying America's coastal waters in thirty-year-old cutters and aging aircraft. The situation has deteriorated so much, in fact, that Coast Guard commanders have cut back their operations by as much as 10 percent in an effort to save wear and tear on equipment and personnel, both of which have been stretched to the limit.

Perhaps the Coast Guard's capabilities should be modernized before its mission is expanded any further. In fact, the Coast Guard has undertaken its largest acquisition effort, to do just that. Called the Deepwater Program, it will provide the service with upgraded equipment and a means to tap into the technology it needs. …

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