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Coast Guard Pledges To Manage Russia, China in Arctic

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Coast Guard wants to operate more consistently in the Arctic, but has a fraction of the icebreakers that Moscow can deploy.

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With Funding In Peril, Coast Guard Pushes Icebreaker As ‘Polar Security Cutter’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“One of the things that we did early in my tenure was we changed (it to) Polar Security Cutter as we were trying to get the funds from the Congress, from our own department, the administration,” Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz told Breaking Defense.

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China & Russia In The Arctic: Axis Of Ambivalence

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


So are Chinese ambitions racing ahead of Arctic realities? “It seems the chickens are being counted before the eggs are hatched,” Sun admitted, “but the Chinese position is, ‘if the eggs are going to hatch, we want to make sure we’re there to collect the chickens.'”

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Coast Guard Fears Two-Year Budget Boost Just A Blip: Adm. Zukunft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Adm. Zukunft says he doesn’t want to return to the old culture of “martyrdom” when the service prided itself on doing more with less even as it ran its equipment and people into the ground.

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New Icebreaker Will Have Space, Power For Weapons: Coast Guard

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


SURFACE NAVY ASSOCIATION: The Coast Guard’s new heavy icebreaker will have space, weight, and electrical power set aside to carry offensive weapons, Commandant Paul Zukunft said here today. While Adm. Zukunft has publicly advocated making the icebreaker capable of carrying cruise missiles, this is the first confirmation we’ve seen that design work is indeed underway.… Keep reading →

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Trump Mixes F-35 ‘Savings,’ Hurricane Relief In Puerto Rico

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: No other administration would have tried to save money on Lockheed Martin’s F-35, according to President Donald Trump. Now, on its face that may not be so surprising a claim from Trump. But he made it during an appearance at the Luis Muñiz Air National Guard Base in Puerto Rico to show support for the people… Keep reading →

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US Yards Can Build Icebreaker For Under $1B: Zukunft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Commandant of the Coast Guard  is “very confident” US shipyards can build the country’s first icebreaker in 20 years for less than the standard eye-watering $1 billion estimate. Adm. Paul Zukunft dismissed the idea of cutting costs by buying abroad, a toxic concept for Congress. And he publicly pondered a National Academy of Sciences proposal to… Keep reading →

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Coast Guard Dodges Big Trump Budget Bullet; But Coasties Fix Roofs

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The White House has dropped plans for a 14 percent cut to the Coast Guard, instead promising a budget that “sustains current funding levels.” The bad news is that “current funding levels” are already too low. The Coast Guard has to give almost 600 drug shipments a pass each year because they don’t have the ships or planes to catch… Keep reading →

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Navy League Denounces Trump’s Coast Guard Cuts

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Navy League of the United States just issued a withering denunciation of President Trump‘s proposed $1.3 billion cut to the Coast Guard. Trump’s 2018 budget plan has already come under fire from both sides. Democrats reject it for cutting domestic spending too much. Pro-military Republicans reject it for raising defense too little. The Republican… Keep reading →

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2018 Budget Battle Between Defense, Budget Hawks Begins; Nukes Top Priority

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee thinks President Trump’s 2018 spending plan is dead on arrival and has already gone to the Budget Committee to get a much bigger defense budget. Mac Thornberry also doesn’t want defense increases offset by steep cuts to the Coast Guard or State Department, as Trump proposed. Thornberry… Keep reading →

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