Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard “Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council” magazine by RDML Charles D. Michel.
The world community’s increasing interconnectedness presents unparalleled opportunities for economic growth and progress. At the same time, shrinking buffers of time and space between nations may harbor new threats and challenges.
The U.S. Coast Guard carries out its missions on every continent and in every ocean, and has a key role to play in promoting U.S. interests around the globe. There is no other organization that has the capability to deploy such a broad range of both “soft power” (diplomacy, rule of law, training, mission experience) and “hard power” (national defense and law enforcement capabilities) options to further national objectives in the maritime realm.
International engagement, which the Coast Guard carries out effectively across a wide spectrum of issues, is more relevant and important than ever before. The next series of blog posts showcase some of the ways the Coast Guard is leading global maritime international engagement.
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