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Infrastructure protection, resource competition among Arctic warming concerns, says State's Papp

A warmer Arctic is changing the region and pushing new issues forward, including critical infrastructure protection and claims on future resources, said Ret. Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp at a recent congressional hearing.

DHS IG: Major budget cuts force Coast Guard to forgo IT upgrades for some ships, aircraft

Due to significant budget cuts, aging ships and aircraft in the Coast Guard's fleet haven't gotten planned critical IT systems upgrades, which could hamper their vital missions, an audit revealed.

DHS selects two universities to lead new maritime research center, study potential risks

DHS's Science and Technology Directorate selected the Stevens Institute of Technology based in Hoboken, N.J., and the University of Alaska Anchorage will each receive $1 million to co-lead the Center of Excellence for Maritime Research.

GAO: Coast Guard says drug interdiction efforts hampered by older vessels, budget constraints

Citing the readiness of aging vessels, delays in getting new vessels and sequestration, the Coast Guard has generally missed its established targets for removing illicit drugs – mainly cocaine – in a 6-million-square-mile area known as the "transit zone" that it patrols, a Government Accountability Office report said.

Coast Guard faces challenges in fulfilling mission with aging fleet, GAO says long-term planning helps

A high-ranking U.S. Coast Guard officer told a House transportation subcommittee June 18 that the service doesn't have enough funding to modernize its fleet and support systems, making it challenging to fulfill its complex and broad mission.

GAO: Maritime security plans don't address cyber threats

Maritime security plans at three high-risk U.S. ports do not address how to assess, manage and respond to cybersecurity threats, according to a Government Accountability Office assessment of their policies and plans. While all of the ports had unique security strategies that dealt with physical security, there were very few policies and plans that specifically addressed cybersecurity, finds the June 5  report.

TSA changes credentialing policy on TWIC, senators question effectiveness

The Transportation Security Administration changed its credentialing policy after a convicted felon used a valid federal transportation ID card to gain access to a Virginia Navy base and killed a sailor in March, an official told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee June 4.

Coast Guard: Our Arctic activity will benefit the environment

The Coast Guard's expanded presence in the Arctic will be environmentally beneficial in the region, the service says in a new report.

Changing Arctic places oil spill demands on Coast Guard

"USCG personnel, equipment, transportation, communication, navigation and safety resources needed for oil spill response are not adequate for overseeing oil spill response in the Arctic," the National Reseach Council report says.

Coast Guard concludes small UAV test

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.