Biden proposes a fixed budget for the Coast Guard


BUDGET 2022: Biden proposes a fixed budget for the Coast Guard

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Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

Despite recent calls for more resources, the Coast Guard will not receive a boost in President Joe Biden’s 2022 budget proposal.

The budget plan, released on May 28, would provide $ 13.1 billion to the marine service. That’s just $ 38 million, or 0.3 percent, more than what he received for 2021, according to budget documents. However, it is higher than the $ 12.2 billion promulgated for 2020.

“The most striking thing for me is that this is a linear budget,” said Seth Crospey, director of the Center for American Seapower at the Hudson Institute. National Defense. “And this is at a time when the coast guard is deploying and actively participating in the competition of the United States with the great powers” like China, he added.

The Coast Guard protects U.S. territorial waters, but also assists partners around the world, including U.S. Army combat commanders. He performs a wide variety of assignments, including compliance with international maritime law, situational awareness and drug control operations.

Coast Guard Commander Admiral Schultz has made his voice heard on the need for more funding.

“To close the Coast Guard’s preparedness gap, we need sustainable annual budget growth – I would say 3-5% over the next five years,” Schultz said during a speech in January at the Surface Navy Association annual symposium. “We need some sort of booster, roughly $ 900 million to $ 1 billion to meet our most urgent needs.”

In a letter accompanying the release of the budget documents, Schultz said preparation was his top priority.

“Today, the US Coast Guard is at the center of the largest recapitalization effort since World War II. However, until the recapitalization is fully completed, the women and men of the US Coast Guard continue to conduct missions with legacy assets, some of which are over 50 years old, ”he said.

“To ensure that the Coast Guard is ready to meet the challenges of today and prepare for the threats of tomorrow, predictable and recurring annual funding increases are needed to account for the growing and inflationary costs associated with the maintaining assets and infrastructure and, more importantly, maintaining a ready workforce. In the absence of additional investments in Coast Guard preparedness, the service has already been forced to make difficult tradeoffs between competing service demands, and may soon face challenges in responding to disasters or adequately conducting our statutorily mandated missions, ”he added.

According to the Biden administration’s proposal for 2022, the Coast Guard’s procurement, construction and improvements accounts would stand at $ 1.64 billion, less than the $ 2.26 billion it she received for 2021 and the $ 1.77 billion she received for 2020.

Approximately $ 1.04 billion of ICP funding would go to the ships, including: $ 597 million for the construction of Offshore Patrol Cutter # 4 and long-lead materials for OPC # 5; $ 170 million for the Polar Security Cutter program, including project management for the construction of the first two polar security cutters and the first long-lead materials for a third PSC; $ 78 million for post-delivery activities of National Security Cutters 10 and 11; $ 67 million for the initial Waterways Commerce Cutter detailed design and construction contract award; $ 20 million for program management activities to support the ongoing construction of Fast Response Cutters; and $ 15 million to support an effort to extend the multi-year life of the Polar Star, the country’s only operational heavy icebreaker.

Additional funding of $ 222 million in PCI would help recapitalize and maintain fixed and rotary wing aircraft, including: sustainment of the current fleet of MH-60T helicopters and seed funding for expansion of the fleet; modernizing and sustaining the MH-65 helicopters to extend their lifespan into the 2030s; The continuous “missionization” of the HC-27J medium-range surveillance aircraft.

It would also fund the installation of small unmanned aerial systems for national security cutters, which will provide “permanent aerial surveillance capability,” according to budget documents.

As part of Biden’s budget, the service would see a significant increase in operations and support funding in 2022. The $ 9.02 billion for operations and security would be $ 535 million, or 6.3 percent, more than what he received for 2021.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Cropsey said.

At the time of going to press, the Coast Guard had not responded to a request for comment on whether the proposed funding would be sufficient.

In his letter accompanying the budget documents, Schultz said, “Our President’s budget request for fiscal year 2022 is a direct reflection of the continued focus and commitment to ensure the readiness of the United States Coast Guard.”

The subjects: Maritime safety, shipbuilding


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