Last week the Government Matters team attended the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference. Marjorie Censer spoke with Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the United States Coast Guard.
- Schultz said he is encouraged with the direction of the Coast Guard as it faces high levels of demand while also working to address what it has identified as a readiness problem.
- Schultz said an increase in shipping size and complexity, new forms of energy, an uptick in search and rescue cases and the demand signal from geographic combatant commanders around the world are keeping the Coast Guard as busy as ever.
- The Coast Guard is executing a new tri-service maritime strategy and factoring in climate change as it informs initiatives like facility modernization and engineering work, said Schultz.