T H E C O M M A N D A N T
of the United States Coast Guard
Since the early days of the Revenue Cutter Service, we have been sentinels on our nation’s waters, harbors, and ports. Our forebears often deployed in single ships upon our waters to protect our nation from waterborne threats and enforce U.S. laws and customs in the maritime environment. While much has changed over the centuries, as U.S. Coast Guard missions expand across the sea, air, land, cyberspace, and space domains and into the global maritime commons, our ethos and operational doctrine remain steadfast: we will employ a risk-based approach to protect the nation from threats originating in and through the maritime environment, and we will leverage the full set of our authorities; the ingenuity and leadership of our people; and the breadth of our civil, military and law enforcement partnerships to protect the nation, its waterways, and those who operate upon them from harm.
Today’s Coast Guard is a global leader in a complex operating environment. In 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Cyber Strategy established cyberspace as a new operational domain for the U.S. Coast Guard. This 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. The events of the last five years, including the exploitation of U.S. Coast Guard networks and information, the attacks on maritime critical infrastructure, and adversarial efforts to undermine our democratic processes - not just by exploiting networks, but by negatively shaping information - reinforce that cyberspace is a contested domain. Working in close collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense (DOD), our government partners, foreign allies, and the maritime industry, we will act to protect the marine transportation system from threats delivered in and through cyberspace and we will hold accountable those who would do our nation harm through attacks on our networks, operations, or the Marine Transportation System (MTS).
While this is a challenging operating environment, it is analogous to other challenges we faced throughout our history. The U.S. Coast Guard manages and mitigates risk in the maritime environment everyday along the nation’s coastline and around the globe. Led by the talented women and men of the U.S. Coast Guard – our active, reserve, civilian, and auxiliary members – and enabled by our intelligence, innovation, and partnerships, we will manage and mitigate risks in cyberspace.
Admiral Karl L. Schultz