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Diversity and Inclusion


Great Power
Great Power Competition
IUU Fishing
Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated Fishing (IUU Fishing)
Marine Transportation System (MTS)
  •  CGD-181116-030-007.PDF

    2018 Strategic Plan

    The Coast Guard Strategic Plan 2018-2022, which represents our Senior Leaders’ shared vision to advance the Service over the next four years. This Strategic Plan supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Strategy (NSS) to ensure a safe, secure, and prosperous homeland. The lines of effort in this plan emphasize our need to invest in Service readiness while fine-tuning mission execution and operational support to meet the needs of the Nation.
    • Published On: 11/15/2018

    Advantage at Sea: Prevailing with Integrated All-Domain Naval Power

    The Tri-Service Maritime Strategy, Advantage at Sea, outlines the three sea services’ commitment to the Nation, our allies, and our partners. The shared efforts outlined in this document are designed to ensure the continuance of the international rules-based order, at all levels of the competition continuum. Advantage at Sea orients the next decade’s focus towards retention, modernization, and mission efficacy, leveraging each service’s complementary capabilities and authorities towards the nation’s strategic priorities.
    • Published On: 12/17/2020
  •  CGD-190513-148-001.PDF

    Arctic Strategic Outlook

    Since the release of the Coast Guard Arctic Strategy in 2013, the renewal of global strategic competition has coincided with dramatic changes in the physical environment of the Arctic. The interaction of these drivers has made the Arctic a strategically-competitive space for the first time since the end of the Cold War. Competition does not preclude cooperation, and the Coast Guard will always look for opportunities to collaborate to solve complex issues. However, the Service must do so within the context of the Nation's national security interests.
    • Published On: 4/23/2019
  •  CGD-181005-617-026.PDF

    Coast Guard Publication 3-0, Operations

    Since 1790 the Coast Guard has conducted integrated, layered operations across vast geographic maritime areas of responsibility to meet the evolving threats and challenges that face the Nation. The Coast Guard operates in the maritime domain, an enormous and complex environment. The physical characteristics of the sea present varying, dynamic and dangerous weather, seas states and water conditions. Human activity on the water continues to expand in a domain that does not readily sustain it. The maritime industry continues to evolve as the world remains fully dependent on global maritime trade in an advancing technology and information age. Varied and overlapping international and sovereign legal and policy regimes governing the maritime domain pose practical operational challenges. The Coast Guard requires a comprehensive concept of operations to successfully conduct operations in this unique operating environment.
    • Published On: 2/29/2012

    Commandant’s Guiding Principles 2018-2022

    Commandant’s Guiding Principles 2018-2022
    • Published On: 5/30/2018
  •  CGD-181005-464-021.PDF

    Cyber Strategic Outlook

    The U.S. Coast Guard is the nation’s lead federal agency for securing and safeguarding the nation’s maritime domain. Its role as both a military and law enforcement agency provide maximum flexibility to combat cyber threats and protect U.S. maritime interests both domestically and abroad. In 2015, the Coast Guard’s Cyber Strategy established cyberspace as a new operational domain for the Coast Guard. This new and updated Cyber Strategic Outlook reaffirms that foundation and that we will bring the same ethos, proven doctrine and operational concepts, and over 230 years of experience to bear on our operations in and through cyberspace.
    • Published On: 8/3/2021


    • Published On: 6/25/2020
  •  CGD-181005-200-025.PDF

    Doctrine for the U.S. Coast Guard, Pub 1

    Our Coast Guard began in 1790 with a plan to govern the maritime commerce of our fledgling Nation. In that year, Congress authorized the construction of ten cutters to improve enforcement of customs duties and tonnage taxes. Since then our responsibilities have continuously expanded to encompass every aspect of maritime governance. Today, as the Nation’s maritime first responder, we fulfill our present day strategic mission of ensuring the Safety, Security and Stewardship of the Nation’s waters by protecting those on the sea, protecting the Nation against threats delivered by sea, and protecting the sea itself.
    • Published On: 2/28/2014

    IUU Fishing Strategic Outlook

    IUU Fishing Strategic Outlook
    • Published On: 9/18/2020
  •  CGD-181005-601-029.PDF

    Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

    As a multi-mission, maritime armed force, with unique law enforcement, intelligence, and regulatory authorities, the Coast Guard ensures the safety, security, and stewardship of our Nation’s waters from internal waters to the outer limits of the 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and beyond. The Coast Guard leverages its unique authorities, jurisdiction, and operational capabilities to safeguard the effi cient and economical movement of maritime commerce through the MTS. No other U.S. Government agency can have such far-reaching impact within the maritime domain.
    • Published On: 10/11/2018
  •  CGD-181005-449-028.PDF

    Sexual Assault Prevention, Response, and Recovery

    Sexual assault remains a significant problem affecting every segment of our society. It is a tragedy whenever it occurs and has no place in our Coast Guard. It is incompatible with our American values and our military culture. Sexual assault undermines our morale, degrades our readiness, damages our mission performance, breaks our obligation to one another, and erodes public trust in the nation’s Armed Forces. We have made noteworthy progress since the release of the 2013-2017 Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Strategic Plan, but until we have eliminated this behavior, we will continue to work to execute the objectives within this plan.
    • Published On: 8/23/2018
  •  CGD-181011-368-001.PDF

    U.S. Coast Guard Overview

    The over 56,000 members of the Coast Guard operate a multi-mission, interoperable fleet of 243 Cutters, 201 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and over 1,600 boats. Operational control of surface and air assets is vested in two Coast Guard geographical Areas (Pacific and Atlantic), nine Coast Guard Districts, and 35 Sectors located at strategic ports throughout the country. Six Mission Support Logistics and Service Centers provide services for operational assets and shore facilities. Coast Guard program oversight, policy development, and personnel administration are carried out at Coast Guard Headquarters located on the St. Elizabeths campus in Washington, DC.
    • Published On: 11/9/2017

    United States Coast Guard Posture Statement 2021 Budget Overview

    United States Coast Guard Posture Statement 2021 Budget Overview
    • Published On: 2/18/2020
  •  CGD-181005-776-024.PDF

    Western Hemisphere Strategy

    This strategy addresses transnational threats and maritime challenges that threaten the security of our Nation, markets, and oceans over the next 10 years. As our mission space changes, we must prepare for the future.
    • Published On: 9/30/2014
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