Playing to Our Strengths: Support of Title 10 missions in the Arabian Gulf and beyond

The U.S. Coast Guard's scope of operations abroad has enlarged significantly, expanding from oil platform security in the Northern Arabian Gulf to a combination of missions that include: layered defense of coalition assets; maritime security operations to counter illicit maritime traffic; and theater security cooperation exercises to build partner capacity. While these missions may receive less press than Coast Guard search and rescue or counternarcotics operations, they are of critical relevance to the U.S. national security strategy. In the absence of kinetic engagement with adversaries, the Coast Guard’s ability to build the capacity of the country's allies, while maintaining austerity in the presence of antagonistic competitors is invaluable to the strategic goals of the Coast Guard and the United States. The Western Hemisphere Strategy articulates a layered defense model using the national security cutter as the primary means to project soft power far from the conventional U.S. border. The list of recent maritime sovereignty violations by near-peer competitors such as China and Russia goes on and it will continue, possibly escalating, without the Coast Guard providing the necessary assistance to current and potential allies.


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  • Accession Number: 01753037
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 25 2020 5:31PM