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July 24, 2006

Coast Guard plans new maritime strategy

Filed under: Port and Maritime Security — by Christian Beckner on July 24, 2006

GovExec reported on Friday on a media briefing by Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen:

The Coast Guard is developing a maritime security strategy that will guide its decision-making, rulemaking, technological requirements and requests for legislation into the future, the agency’s chief said Friday.

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said he hopes to unveil the new strategy within four months, adding that it will serve as the basis for making decisions. “It’s going to provide us a template of how you increase maritime security,” Allen told reporters during a briefing sponsored by Defense Daily.

….The Coast Guard is developing a maritime security strategy that will guide its decision-making, rulemaking, technological requirements and requests for legislation into the future, the agency’s chief said Friday.

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said he hopes to unveil the new strategy within four months, adding that it will serve as the basis for making decisions. “It’s going to provide us a template of how you increase maritime security,” Allen told reporters during a briefing sponsored by Defense Daily.

There have been a number of maritime security strategies developed in the last few years, including the National Strategy for Maritime Security and its supporting plans, and the “Maritime Sentinel” strategic plan developed by the Coast Guard earlier this year. Based on these comments, I would expect this new plan to be more holistic than current strategies, and also more useful in terms of informing operational decision-making.

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