Category Archives: U.S. Coast Guard

Iraq and Afghanistan Dominate Senate Budget Hearing

Iraq and Afghanistan Dominate Senate Budget Hearing

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department's FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department’s FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

With aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and its battle group and amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) in position in the Persian Gulf, senators on Defense Appropriations Subcommittee asked very few questions about the budget but plenty on the rise of insurgents in Iraq, if will Afghanistan face the same fate in two years and what can the United States do about both on Wednesday. Read More

Document: GAO Report on Coast Guard Acquisition

Document: GAO Report on Coast Guard Acquisition

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche is moored to the Coast Guard Base Kodiak fuel pier on a foggy morning in Kodiak, Alaska, on Aug. 19, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche is moored to the Coast Guard Base Kodiak fuel pier on a foggy morning in Kodiak, Alaska, on Aug. 19, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo

The following is a Government Accountability Office report on U.S. Coast Guard acquisitions released on June 18, 2014.  Read More

DoD Bolstering Cyber Warfare Capabilities in at Risk Nations

DoD Bolstering Cyber Warfare Capabilities in at Risk Nations

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German and American soldiers during a 2011 cyber warfare exercises. US Army Photo

German and American soldiers during a 2011 cyber warfare exercises. US Army Photo

Clarification: The article below has been clarified to include information on the Defense Department’s effort to bolster base cyber defense and cybersecurity measures within the networks of partner nations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region, based on additional comments by Maj. Gen. John Davis

The Pentagon’s cadre of cyberwarriors are working to bolster cyber security measures within civilian and military networks of individual countries, tagged by the Defense Department as being particularly susceptible to cyber attacks. Read More

GAO Upholds Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter Award

GAO Upholds Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter Award

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Coast Guard rendering of the planned Offshore Patrol Cutter. The service plans to announce the final three designs later this year. US Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guard rendering of the planned Offshore Patrol Cutter. The service plans to announce the final three designs later this year. US Coast Guard Photo

The Government Accountability Office has upheld three contract award made by the Coast Guard for preliminary and contract design (P&CD) for the service’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) — following two protests filed in February. Read More

Document: Pentagon's New Joint Concept for Entry Operations

Document: Pentagon’s New Joint Concept for Entry Operations

Landing craft air cushion (LCAC) vehicles from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 approach the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on April 28, 2014. US Navy Photo

Landing craft air cushion (LCAC) vehicles from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 approach the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on April 28, 2014. US Navy Photo

From the April 7, 2014 Joint Concept for Entry Operations: The Joint Concept for Entry Operations describes in broad terms my vision for how joint forces will enter onto foreign territory and immediately employ capabilities to accomplish assigned missions. This includes conducting entry in the presence of armed opposition characterized by increasingly advanced area denial systems as well as where the environment and infrastructure may be degraded or austere. Read More

Senate Confirms Bob Work As Deputy Secretary of Defense

Senate Confirms Bob Work As Deputy Secretary of Defense

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Then-Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work gives a keynote address during the 2012 Current Strategy Forum at the U.S. Naval War College. US Navy Photo

Then-Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work gives a keynote address during the 2012 Current Strategy Forum at the U.S. Naval War College. US Navy Photo

Bob Work has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new Deputy Secretary of Defense, according to a late Wednesday announcement from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Read More

Navy and Coast Guard Eyeing 3D Printing

Navy and Coast Guard Eyeing 3D Printing

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A ship model created using additive manufacturing, a process both the Coast Guard and Navy are investigating. US Navy Photo

A ship model created using additive manufacturing, a process both the Coast Guard and Navy are investigating. US Navy Photo

The Navy and Coast Guard are getting closer to incorporating additive manufacturing — commonly known as 3D printing — into their respective services, Navy and U.S. Coast Guard officials said during a panel discussion at the Navy League’s 2014 Sea Air Space exhibition at National Harbor, Md. on Tuesday. Read More

How U.S. Sea Services Plan to Operate Forward

How U.S. Sea Services Plan to Operate Forward

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U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team. US Coast Guard Photo

U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team. US Coast Guard Photo

One way to counter the drawdown in defense spending at home and with allies and partners is to look at programs such as the Joint Strike Fighter as ways to close the seams in meeting future security challenges, the vice chief of naval operations for plans, policies and operations said on Monday. Read More