The Coast Guard concluded earlier this year its final phase of small unmanned aerial vehicle testing with a two week shore-side test on Virginia's eastern shore.
Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft kept his expression even and his tone modulated, humble – but Tuesday's confirmation hearing for the position of the next Coast Guard commandant still ended with the 37-year service veteran aglow from approbation. "I think you'll be a whiz right through here, you'll be out of here before you know it," promised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)
A bill authorizing Coast Guard discretionary spending for two years at $8.7 billion annually sailed through the House of Representatives – to the chagrin of some on the House Homeland Security Committee.
Many maritime smugglers use panga boats, 20-40 foot fishing vessels that are made of fiberglass and difficult to detect. "This, coupled with the sheer size of California's coastline, means that most panga discoveries are made either through tips or by happenstance," says a report issued by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Disagreement among administration officials over the priority a new U.S. icebreaker should assume within the Coast Guard acquisition budget is one reason why the service has yet to submit a five year capital investment plan.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Now that the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate has established a track record and credibility, it plans to take on more risky, futuristic projects, an agency official said Tuesday.
The Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused no fewer than seven after actions reports containing 549 recommendations for improving the response to oil spills – but the Coast Guard can't say with certainty how many of them it's following.
If enacted as proposed, the Coast Guard budget request for the coming year will result in fewer patrols conducted by fewer Coast Guardsmen, outgoing Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp told House appropriators Wednesday.
The Coast Guard budget for the coming fiscal year would slip below $10 billion under the White House federal spending proposal released Tuesday.
Adm. Robert Papp struck a note of mild triumphalism for the final annual address he'll deliver to the Coast Guard as its commandant. Papp is set to retire from the service after his four year term as the top officer in the chain of command comes to a finish at the end of this May.