Top Five Modernization Priorities for the Coast Guard in 2016
Congress showed progress in 2015 by helping the Coast Guard reach its modernization requirements, such as the allocation for a ninth National Security Cutter (NSC) and an increase in the overall acquisition, construction, and improvements (AC&I) account over what the Obama Administration requested. Yet the Coast Guard has a long way to go in recapitalizing its forces. Five areas on which Congress should focus in 2016 are: Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC), Polar Icebreakers, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), multiyear Procurement, and overall AC&I Funding.
The Coast Guard’s motto is Semper Paratus—“Always Ready.” Congress can help uphold this motto by giving the Coast Guard the resources it needs to continue to protect U.S. waters.