INTEGRATED COAST GUARD SYSTEMS
The Medium Security Cutter, Large, will serve as a test bed for the Coast Guard’s new mission support organization.
The first of up to 12 cutters, Bertholf, is seen here after being launched late last year.
meaning all components of logistic support will be centralized and composed of standard, interoperable and networked management schemes. The organization will integrate logistics support of aircraft, surface craft and personnel to operate as one entity, with one command center
overseeing and coordinating all logistics operations.
“The idea is based on the concept that the whole is
greater than the sum of its parts,” Allen testified Jan.
30 during a House Transportation and Infrastructure
committee hearing on Deepwater.
Gabel told Seapower, “We’re designing and moving
toward a full mission support organization that deals with
assets, people and all different flavors of the support that
the operating forces need to actually execute missions.
“It’s a challenge balancing the resources that are
available against the growing needs that are out there,”
Gabel said. The current logistics system has become
“complex” over the years, he said. “Operators end up
having to do a lot of pulling of support and finding out
from where to pull the support.”
For example, Gabel relayed an instance of a small
boat on the West Coast that needed a new starter. The
engineering petty officer at the station reached out to a
variety of different organizations within the Coast
Guard without finding out who could provide a starter.
“The support system needs to be more proactive in
identifying needs and pushing support to operators
when they need it,” he said.
In developing the mission support organization, the
Coast Guard is focusing on principle assets being introduced to its fleet. The Medium Security Cutter, Large,
formerly known as the National Security Cutter (NSC),
the largest and most capable ship being produced by the
Deepwater program, is perhaps the most integral test bed
for development of a mission support organization.
Rear Adm. Manson K. Brown, Pacific Area Maintenance and Logistics commander, is heading development of
the cutter’s logistics support plan. He said the main problem with current logistics operations is that engineers on
a ship do things according to ship maintenance procedures, instead of service-wide logistics procedures. This is
under a “stove-piped mindset,” he said, “where there isn’t
a lot of transparency from a holistic perspective.”
For the cutter, the engineering and logistics directorate is assembling a logistics plan that will operate as
an “interim system between where we are today and
where we’re eventually going to be,” Gabel said.
Portions of it will be used by other Deepwater assets.
For example, the fleet of up to 12 Medium Security
Cutters will harness an information management system
to manage the ship’s computer components. Developed by
Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), Deepwater’s
industry-led system integrator, the information system
will act as an information technology department for the
Deepwater program. The system manages operations of
computer systems in Deepwater assets, keeps the systems