US Coast Guard – Breaking Down the Coast Guard

Defense Technology InternationalBreaking Down the Coast Guard

After a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the city of Port au Prince, Haiti this past January, the U.S. Coast Guard responded quickly, and in force. But according to Building a U.S. Coast Guard for the 21st Century, a new report released yesterday by the Center for American Progress (CAP), twelve of the nineteen cutters that were sent to Haiti required emergency maintenance while en route, and two had to be recalled from operations for emergency dry-dock repairs.

US Coast Guard – 2010 Almanac Highlights – Status of the US Coast Guard

Sea Power2010 Almanac Highlights – Status of the US Coast Guard

The status of the US Coast Guard as of January 2010.

US Coast Guard – To Fight and Save

US Naval Institute ProceedingsTo Fight and Save

The modernization of the U.S. Coast Guard must include instilling the guardian ethos espoused by Commandant Admiral Thad Allen.

US Coast Guard – Heavy Weather Ahead for the Coast Guard

US Naval Institute ProceedingsHeavy Weather Ahead for the Coast Guard

Aging cutters, budgets stretched too thin, and ever-expanding requirements are pushing the service to a moment of truth.

US Coast Guard – Coast Guard National Security Cutter

Defense Technology InternationalCoast Guard National Security Cutter

The U.S. Coast Guard’s newest vessel, the National Security Cutter Bertholf, was in the news a lot last week.

US Coast Guard – Coast Guard's Plans on Ice

Defense Technology International – One of the Coast Guardís duties is to patrol the freezing cold waters off the northernmost coast of our United States. And they canít do it in shoddy boats. Two of the three USCG polar icebreakers ñ the Polar Star and Polar Sea ñ have exceeded their intended 30-year service lives. And on the serviceís current schedule, the first replacement ship might not enter service for another decade.

US Coast Guard – A Push to Increase Icebreakers in the Arctic

New York Times – A growing array of military leaders, Arctic experts and lawmakers say the United States is losing its ability to patrol and safeguard Arctic waters even as climate change and high energy prices have triggered a burst of shipping and oil and gas exploration in the thawing region.

US Coast Guard – Arctic cold war as US sends a ship to claim riches under the ocean

The Times – A US Coast Guard cutter will depart for the Arctic this week as part of a race against Russia to claim the vast spoils of oil and natural gas below the sea floor that both nations are scrambling to exploit.

US Coast Guard – New task for U.S. Coast Guard in Arctic's warming seas

Virginian Pilot – Itís namesake is one of the Coast Guardís most storied ships, but todayís Cutter Bear has colorful chapters all its own as it marks its silver anniversary.

US Coast Guard – New task for U.S. Coast Guard in Arctic's warming seas

New York Times – For most of human history, the Arctic Ocean has been an ice-locked frontier. But now, in one of the most concrete signs of the effect of a warming climate on government operations, the U.S. Coast Guard is planning its first operating base there as a way of dealing with the cruise ships and the tankers that are already beginning to ply Arctic waters.

US Coast Guard – Five tons of cocaine found on submarine

Daily Telegraph – A submarine-like vessel carrying an estimated five metric tons of cocaine worth over 350 million dollars has been intercepted by US border patrol agents off the Guatemalan coast.

US Coast Guard – An even keel

Armed Forces Journal – The Coast Guard has been under fire in the press and on Capitol Hill for a variety of problems associated with the Deepwater fleet recapitalization program. But ahead of the storm of criticism, the service took a deep look at its acquisition structure, and in July, it will establish a dramatically new integrated acquisition directorate.

US Coast Guard – Waxman Sees Potential Coverup in Ship Contract

Washington Post – Managers of the U.S. Coast Guard’s $24 billion fleet-overhaul program appeared to cover up a Navy engineering report that highlighted design flaws in a new flagship cutter under scrutiny by government investigators.

US Coast Guard – America's ship-tracking challenge

Christian Science Monitor – The federally mandated national system is estimated to cost $200 million, but some mariners have already set one up from Maine to New York ñ for $50,000.

US Coast Guard – Coast Guard Cited in Report on Flawed Ship

Washington Post – The Coast Guard’s newest cutter, the flagship of a $24 billion plan to modernize the nation’s coastal fleet, suffers from significant design flaws, and the service has failed to properly supervise the contractors doing the work, government inspectors have found.

US Coast Guard – Costly Fleet Update Falters

Washington Post – A multibillion-dollar effort to modernize the Coast Guard’s fleet has suffered delays, cost increases, design flaws and, most recently, the idling of eight 123-foot patrol boats that were found to be not seaworthy after an $88 million refurbishment.

The sidelining of eight of 10 Miami-based cutters worsens a patrol-boat crisis while the Coast Guard is preparing for an exodus of Cubans that could happen when dictator Fidel Castro is no longer in power, Coast Guard leaders acknowledge.

More broadly, congressional critics warn that early mistakes in the 25-year modernization program, called Deepwater — the Coast Guard’s largest contract ever — are hobbling the service’s transformation into a front-line homeland security force.

US Coast Guard – U.S. Coast Guard Health Services Responders in Maritime Homeland Security

Naval War College Review – In the Coast Guardís superb search-and-rescue response to Hurricane Katrina, there was a noticeable absence of Coast Guard medical personnel. The U.S. Coast Guardís health services are not prepared for the operational role that will be forced upon them by a maritime mass-casualty incident, whether terrorist attack or accidentóon a vessel, in a harbor, or on the waterfront. Organizational and cultural change will be required to achieve all-hazards first-response preparedness.

US Coast Guard – Washington Report

Sea Power – As lawmakers return from summer recess this month, House and Senate conferees are preparing to spar over funding for the Coast Guardís Deepwater modernization program in fiscal 2006.