Thoughts on Arctic security issues? New LA Times article
Last Post 20 Oct 2012 01:17 PM by King Triton. 1 Replies.
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20 Oct 2012 10:22 AM

    "The U.S. has also fallen behind on what the Coast Guard needs to patrol the new mineral development zones. The only working icebreaker is the cutter Healy, with a second being refurbished that is due to return soon. Russia, by contrast, has 25 icebreakers, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service. Finland and Sweden have seven each, Canada six."

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    20 Oct 2012 01:17 PM
    Icebreakers cost around $1 Billion to build. There's just no funding. Two of our ships have exceeded their 30 year service life, and are barely hanging on. I'm not so concerned with what the rest of the world is doing. I'm just concerned about our funding going forward. When we became DHS, we had more money than we knew what to do with. We all knew the money would dry up eventually, but it doesn't seem like any preparations were made for this day. Perhaps instead of creating new units like MSSTs that bleed money, we should have been more responsible with our tax dollars. Small boat stations can do everything that a MSST can do, without incurring extremely high travel costs. We can refer to their training as "specialized" all we want, but the truth is that their training isn't that special. Since the congress members that represent the districts where the MSSTs are located will never give them up, we are trapped and forced to keep spending money on these wasteful units. The Coast Guard is tasked with 11 major missions by Congress. We are to carry out these missions equally. However, we seem to focus more on the "cool guy/law dog" stuff these days for some odd reason. This "specialized" training and the emergence of "tactial" coxswains have lead to a few members dying during these training evolutions over the past handful of years. Because some of these units think they are more "special" or "elite" than they really are, they tend to take a lot more unnecessary risks when conducting training and operations. The DSF community has replaced the BMs as the members with the biggest egos.


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