ing in the traditional manner. Operations relevant to the sea base, such as
troop staging and the offloading of
weapons, munitions, food and parts
for U.S. troops, would be done about
75 miles at sea.
The Pentagon’s managerial defi-ciencies must be resolved, the report
said, because the services are approaching milestones in the sea basing effort at which decisions must be
made. For example, one element of
sea basing, the Navy’s Maritime Prepositioning Force (Future), is scheduled for milestones in 2008 that will
guide future investment decisions.
The report recommends the
establishment of an “
implementation team” to provide oversight and
develop a management plan for joint
sea basing, that the U.S. Joint Forces
Command lead and coordinate joint
sea basing experiments with oversight of the implementation team,
and that the implementation team
“synchronize” cost estimates for a
range of joint sea basing options so
decision makers have sufficient
information to make informed, cost-effective investment decisions
regarding sea basing initiatives.
U.S. COAST GUARD
The Coast Guard Cutter Monsoon, here on narcotics interdiction patrol in the
eastern Pacific, is one of five 179-foot Cyclone-class cutters being leased from
the Navy to support Coast Guard operations. Coast Guard leaders now are
reaching out to the Navy to help improve management systems in the hopes of
cutting down on the number of lost patrol days by the service’s aging fleet.
Navy Boosts Number
Of Helicopter Pilots
The Navy is increasing the percentage of its pilots going through rotary-wing training as the service adds helicopter squadrons to the fleet and
creates a third helicopter training
squadron to handle the load.
In 2009, 600 of the 1,305 Navy pilots to go through flight training will
be helicopter pilots. In 2005, 476 of
1,190 trainees were helicopter pilots.
The Navy has established three
new squadrons since October and
plans to add four more by 2012, an
increase driven in part by its
Helicopter Master Plan and the continuing deployment of the MH-60R
and MH-60S. This increase is being
offset partially by the deactivation
of one fleet and two reserve helicopter squadrons by September.
Would Bolster Sea Days
Of Coast Guard Fleet
The Coast Guard already has lost 30
days in patrol boat operations this
fiscal year due to failed management, said Vice Adm. D. Brian
Peterman, Atlantic area commander.
Peterman is dubbing this loss a
“failure” by the Coast Guard due to a
lack of cutter readiness and challenges with maintaining the service’s
legacy fleet. He points to problems
with crewing the service’s aging cutters as a principle concern for the
The logistics challenge is to
keep assets running, Peterman
said, noting that a lack of funding
is the service’s biggest issue. He
bases the 30-day loss on a “
calculator” he uses to measure hard-asset
deployment against budgetary constraints. The Coast Guard currently requests funding each year for
185 days of operation for its cutters, but receives funding for only
about 165 days annually.
To devise solutions to this problem, Peterman is watching closely
the Navy’s U.S. Fleet Forces Command, headed by Adm. John B.
Nathman. Peterman said he has
met with Nathman’s board and is
looking at how the Coast Guard
can create “vertical managers” for
geographic sectors of the service
similar in function to the Navy’s
Peterman gave the example of
Fleet Forces Command’s ability to
recognize a problem with the electronics systems functioning in a
particular boat and “drill down” to
determine that the disruption was
caused by a lack of training for a
crew member. The Coast Guard
needs an analogous capability to
quickly locate specific failures, he
said, and “needs to manage assets in
a more business-like way.” ■
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully. Managing Editor Richard
R. Burgess, Associate Editor Matt
Hilburn and Assistant Editor David W.
Munns contributed to this report.
■ A February Washington
Report item on the Medal of
Honor awarded posthumously to U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason
Dunham on Jan. 11 misidentified the name of the medal.