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SOUTHCOM Tidd Wants More Surveillance, Coast Guard Cutters to Stem Illegal Trafficking

SOUTHCOM Tidd Wants More Surveillance, Coast Guard Cutters to Stem Illegal Trafficking

U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with service members on Nov. 22, 2017. US Army Photo

The Southern Command’s top officer told the Senate Armed Services Committee he is receiving only a fraction of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance resources he needs to stem the flow of illegal rugs, people and money into the United States. Read More

RFP For New Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker Expected This Month

RFP For New Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker Expected This Month

USCGC Healy underway in the Chukchi Sea during an annual Arctic deployment on July 28, 2017. Coast Guard Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The request for proposals to build the nation’s next generation heavy icebreaker is expected to be released by the end of the month, the U.S. Coast Guard commandant said on Thursday.

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Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker on Track to Deliver in 2023

Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker on Track to Deliver in 2023

A starboard view of the anchored US Coast Guard icebreaker POLAR STAR (WAGB 10).

ARLINGTON, Va. —The first new heavy icebreaker in more than a generation is on track to launch in 2023, but the Coast Guard commandant says building the needed fleet still requires Congress to unfreeze funding.

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Tidd: SOUTHCOM is Shifting From Tactical to Strategic Outlook in Illegal Trafficking Fight

Tidd: SOUTHCOM is Shifting From Tactical to Strategic Outlook in Illegal Trafficking Fight

Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), speaks to the crew of amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) in 2016. US Navy Photo

Rather than concentrating on cutting off goods moved via illegally trafficking – people, cocaine, opioids, gold, exotic animal and plants – U.S. Southern Command and its national partners are now looking at the best way to disrupt the criminal networks that control that flow, SOUTHCOM commander Adm. Kurt Tidd said at a Coast Guard Academy leadership event Tuesday. Read More

Coast Guard Addressing Its ISR Needs Through DHS, While Keeping An Eye On DoD Sensors

Coast Guard Addressing Its ISR Needs Through DHS, While Keeping An Eye On DoD Sensors

Coast Guard air crews unhook a Fire Scout UAS during a test on the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been testing UAS platforms consistently for the last three years. US Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard is pursuing a path to greater maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities through an approach that leverages both Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense resources, the commandant said today. Read More

SOUTHCOM Pitching New, Low-Cost Ideas To Get Ships Operating In U.S. 4th Fleet

SOUTHCOM Pitching New, Low-Cost Ideas To Get Ships Operating In U.S. 4th Fleet

An Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment lands on the flight deck aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) while conducting deck landing qualifications (DLQs). Lassen is currently underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility. SOUTHCOM commander Adm. Kurt Tidd said he's been pushing for greater inter-agency and international collaboration as well as innovation in his theater, all of which was showcased in Operation Martillo. US Navy photo.

An Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment lands on the flight deck aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) while conducting deck landing qualifications (DLQs). Lassen is currently underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility. SOUTHCOM commander Adm. Kurt Tidd said he’s been pushing for greater inter-agency and international collaboration as well as innovation in his theater, all of which was showcased in Operation Martillo. US Navy photo.

U.S. Southern Command wants to be a hub for innovation, both in serving as an early tester for new technologies and ideas that can be brought into theater and also in seeking creative ways to get more ships into theater to train with regional partners. Read More