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Hurricane Michael Hits Coast Guard’s Largest Program, Leaving Devastation

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The shipyard building the Coast Guard’s biggest program, the $10 billion Offshore Patrol Cutter program, has been leveled by Hurricane Michael.

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Trump, Kelly, & The Coast Guard: Exclusive Interview With Adm. Zukunft

Posted by Robbin Laird on


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With the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States and with Trump’s nomination of Gen. John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security, life is going to change for the US Coast Guard. Trump’s campaign focused intently on border security, asking a fundamental question: Why do we send thousands of troops… Keep reading →

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Defending the Littorals: A Key Challenge For U.S. Pacific Strategy

Posted by Robbin Laird on


This is the second in a series of commentaries defense consultant and author Robbin Laird, a member of the Breaking Defense Board of Contributors, is penning about how the U.S. can and should shape its forces to perform the Asia strategy pivot. As a key part of that, he’ll be looking closely at what he… Keep reading →

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Shaping the Coasties’s Strategic Decline: One Platform Cut at a Time

Posted by Robbin Laird on


When Congress considers funding a ship or a plane or a helicopter, the focus is often narrow: what does it cost this year? The Hill often ignores the impact of moving money for critical platforms to future budgets. Also, the strategic and tactical costs to the country of delaying a platform acquisition costs the country… Keep reading →

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