September 18, 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard’s resources are wearing thin. With new threats surfacing all the time, it is becoming more and more difficult for the aging fleet to combat the increasing dangers to our nation’s security.
And the Obama administration’s defense cuts are making it easier for enemies and criminals to enter our country undetected.
The Coast Guard’s newest challenge is preventing under-water drug trafficking. Drug traffickers are using semi-submersibles to illegally transport drugs in the Caribbean. Most recently, the Mohawk was able to undertake a semi-submersible and salvage the illicit cargo. It’s fortunate the Mohawk was on the scene, though, considering that the 21-year-old patrol ship is actually among the newest in the Coast Guard fleet.
Despite the warnings from the Government Accountability Office about the functionality of the fleet, the Obama administration continues to persist in cutting the defense budget. As The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Slattery explains:
The Obama Administration is taking action to undermine this overhaul rather than accelerate it. The Offshore Patrol Cutter—the Coast Guard’s intended replacement for both the Famous fleet and the Reliance-class Medium Endurance Cutters—is currently in limbo due to recent budget uncertainty. The National Security Cutter, the replacement for the extremely old Hamilton-class High Endurance Cutter, will shrink to a fleet of just six vessels under the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request, well below the original requirement of 16.
Our service men and women in the Coast Guard continue to tirelessly work regardless of the condition of their fleet. But with smugglers, terrorists and other foes constantly adapting their methods and tactics, the Coast Guard will find it increasingly difficult to keep abreast of the impending threats.
Do you think the Obama administration should reconsider the sequestration cuts that limit our nation’s defenses?