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It serves on the front line for a nation whose economic prosperity and national security are inextricably linked to vast maritime interests. The 21st century Coast Guard operates in a complex and ever changing environment. Increasing demands across the maritime domain require near-term agility while strategically investing finite resources for tomorrow. As a unique force with both military and civil authorities, the Coast Guard and its missions touch nearly every facet of the nation’s expansive maritime domain. The Coast Guard–its people and assets–are essential to national security and economic prosperity. For over 226 years, history has proven the U.S. Coast Guard responsive, capable, agile, and most of all faithful to its motto—Semper Paratus—-Always Ready.
Admiral Paul Zukunft, the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss the Coast Guard’s strategic direction, its key priorities, and how it is modernizing to meet today’s demands while preparing for tomorrow. The following is an edited excerpt of our discussion, complemented with additional research.