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Monday, July 18, 2005

The Future of the Coast Guard: A View from the Top – July 18th - Heritage Foundation


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Today’s event featured U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thomas H. Collins. The Admiral is an animated speaker and spoke passionately about the future of the Coast Guard he currently commands. Admiral Collins stressed the idea that the Coast Guard is successfully adapting to the post-9/11 world. The USCG has increased the resources devoted to homeland security by more than 20% since 9/11. Several changes have also been made, including an alteration of Notice of Arrival (NOA) policy. Previously, all incoming ships were required to submit a NOA within 24 hrs. of reaching a U.S. port. Now the notice must be submitted 96 hrs. prior to arrival. This provides more than enough time for a ship to be processed in the agency’s intelligence database. Any suspicious vessel will then be monitored more closely. Thus, the Coast Guard is moving in the right direction. In the words of Admiral Collins, “We have a sense of urgency about this . . . the stakes are high and we’re not going to fail in this.” The Admiral realizes that security risks cannot be eliminated, but he is committed to mitigating these risks substantially. I strongly support him in this effort.

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