The Coast Guard’s budget request for fiscal 2022 includes $13.1 billion, $170 million of which will go to program management for construction of the Polar Security Cutter, which is replacing the Coast Guard’s current fleet of icebreakers.
- Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz (USCG, Ret.), former Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, said the United States must have a presence in the Antarctic because of the region’s potential for high geopolitical significance in the future.
- Stosz said Russia is building air and sea bases in the Arctic to project power, China is building stations in the Antarctic to exhibit presence and the United States has national interests at both poles.
- Stosz said she is glad Secretary of State Blinken recently visited three Arctic nations.