forces and its move to optimal manning. But they said steps are being
taken to reverse those actions and
Forbes kept insisting that the
definition of readiness was providing the CoComs with the resources
they need to perform their mission.
He became irritated that the two
admirals did not agree.
Burke said Forbes’ view was “a fair
assessment,” but noted that the
CoComs “live in a different world,
not constrained by resources.”
The Navy and the Pentagon are
forced to allocate the available
resources, meaning some proposed
missions have to be denied.
House Panel Examines
Certain missions that the Coast
Guard and Customs and Border
Patrol (CBP) share could be consolidated into one organization, one
member of Congress said during a
July 13 House Committee on Homeland Security border and maritime
security subcommittee hearing. The
hearing was called to examine the
relationship of all levels of law
enforcement in the maritime environment in the post-9/11 era.
“Adequate security along the
nation’s coast is vital to ensure the
free flow of commerce requiring a
whole-of-government approach to
facilitate maritime trade while en-
hancing our security,” said sub-
committee Chairman Candice
Miller, R-Mich. “In a time of con-
strained budgets and limited re-
sources, we cannot afford to have
wasteful and duplicative efforts by
different levels of government.”
Miller did not cite specific mis-
sions that should change hands,
but noted that CBP and Coast
Guard have offices in the same
ports and patrol the same waters,
and that small boats acquisition
should be examined as both organ-
izations use them extensively but
do not share production contracts.
Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft, Coast
Guard assistant commandant for
Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, told the panel successful
partnerships and strategies have
been, and continue to be, essential
to the interdiction of narcotics, suspected drug smugglers, illicit vessels and undocumented migrants.
The Coast Guard has the statutory authority and responsibility
to enforce all applicable federal
laws on, under and over the high
seas, in addition to waters subject
to the jurisdiction of the United
Navy Forms Single
LCS Program Office
U.S. COAST GUARD
The Navy has combined the two
program executive offices (PEOs)
responsible for the service’s Littoral
Combat Ship (LCS) program into a
single PEO in an effort to integrate
all aspects of the acquisition.
PEO LCS was established July
11 at the Washington Navy Yard in
Washington, Chris Johnson, a
spokesman for Naval Sea Systems
Command, said in a release.
“The new PEO provides a single
program executive responsible for
acquiring and maintaining the lit-
Two panga boats used in a smuggling
attempt are moored alongside a
Customs and Border Protection 39-
foot Interceptor-class boat at a pier in
San Diego July 1. The San Diego
Maritime Unified Command worked
together to intercept two smuggling
boats carrying four suspects and more
than 2,200 pounds of marijuana.
toral mission capabilities of the
Littoral Combat Ship class from
end to end,” he said.
Until the consolidation, PEO
Ships had responsibility for developing the LCS seaframe, while
PEO Littoral and Mine Warfare
(PEO LMW) developed the mission packages for the LCS.
“With the stand up of PEO LCS,
PEO LMW has been disestablished
and resident LCS program func-
tions have been transitioned to this
new command,” Johnson said.
“Non-LCS program functions from
PEO LMW have been realigned
within the Naval Sea Systems
Command and existing PEOs.”
Rear Adm. James Murdoch is
the new program executive officer
for PEO LCS and E. Anne Sandel is
the executive director.
“This action takes efforts that
are currently managed across multiple organizations, and integrates
design and development and tests,
trials and evaluations under one
roof. PEO LCS will have authority
across all aspects of the program,”
Sean J. Stackley, assistant secretary
of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, said in a
memo establishing the new PEO.
“LCS and its mission modules
have been developed under a different strategy for shipbuilding,
using modular capability, minimal
manning and new sustainment
concepts,” Johnson said.
PEO LCS now includes the program offices for the Remote
Minehunting System, Unmanned
Maritime Systems, LCS Mission
Modules, Mine Warfare and fleet
introduction program and functional offices, such as test and evaluation and aviation integration,
Johnson said. ■
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully. Managing Editor Richard
R. Burgess, Assistant Editor John C.
Marcario and Special Correspondent
Otto Kreisher contributed to this report.