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Obama to USCG Cadets: Role More Important Than Ever

President Barack Obama told the newest members of the nation’s military Wednesday to prepare for years filled with vital but dangerous tasks, tempering congratulatory words to US Coast Guard Academy graduates with cautionary advice about a world full of threats. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Missions Demand Updated Technology, Commandant Says

The US Coast Guard sends personnel into treacherous waters without modern equipment because the agency does not have enough money to replace aging surveillance and communications technology, the service’s top officer told Senate appropriators on Tuesday. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Investigators Used Falsely Obtained and Fake TWIC Cards to Access Ports

Identification cards issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to secure US port facilities are essentially useless due to shortcomings in the procedures for providing them and for using them to access ports, a top congressional investigator said Tuesday. The host of problems with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) identified by the Government Accountability… Keep Reading

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Drug Smugglers in Minisubs Hunted by Seattle Coast Guard Crews

In the distance, the [US Coast Guard] crew could see bobbing in the water the kind of quarry that was the [cutter] Midgett’s mission: It was the distinctive outline of a "narco sub," later found to be crammed with 6.6 tons of cocaine. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates the haul was worth $138 million wholesale… Keep Reading

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Trio of Books on BP Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico Recount Disaster

One year ago, an oil plume from the Deepwater Horizon rig began to spread in the Gulf of Mexico, "like guilt itself, a constant psychic drain. It suggested that our highly developed civilization is still rather nasty and brutish and perhaps basically incompetent." Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Faces Suit Over Damages to Ship

The 9th Circuit on Thursday revived a lawsuit brought by the crew of an Ecuadorian fishing boat, which the US Coast Guard boarded and seized near the Galapagos Islands for suspected drug smuggling. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Saudi Charged as Mastermind of Cole Bombing

The Obama administration reopened Guantanamo Bay military tribunals Wednesday by charging Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, a Saudi, as the mastermind in the bombing of the destroyer Cole. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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House Panel Holds Hearing on Coast Guard Acquisition Problems

The Coast Guard’s acquisition problems seem not to be as far behind it as might be hoped. The House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by US Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), today conducted a hearing to examine the status of the Coast Guard’s major acquisition programs.  The Subcommittee received testimony from the US… Keep Reading

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CBP Re-examines Manpower Needs at US Ports of Entry

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made recent advances in deploying new infrastructure and technology at US ports of entry, but it has struggled with the staffing levels at those ports, acknowledged the CBP deputy in charge of port operations Tuesday. CBP’s attrition rate has fallen to only 3 percent, said Thomas Winkowski, assistant… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard: Americans Getting Fatter

In case you need more evidence that Americans are tipping those scales a bit harder the US Coast Guard is cutting the number of passengers allowed on passenger vessels. Since the 1960s the Coast Guard assumed a standard weight of 160 pounds for an average boat passenger in making safety rules for commercial vessel operators,… Keep Reading

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St. Elizabeths Construction Project Generates Complaints Over Hiring

Discontent is growing about the hiring practices at a massive local construction project, the building of a new headquarters for the US Coast Guard on the campus of St. Elizabeths hospital, despite numbers showing that hundreds of DC residents are working on the project. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Responds to Ruptured Pipeline Near Louisiana

The Coast Guard continues its response Thursday to the report of a ruptured condensate oil and natural gas pipeline near Cameron, La., received Wednesday by watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Responders Today: Alike But Different

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are fraternal Siamese twins: joined at the hip, sharing the waters of California‚Äôs San Pedro Bay, but very different in shape and character. The Port of Long Beach is a sprawling cargo port and the second-busiest seaport in the United States. In 2010, the port moved more… Keep Reading

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US Coast Guard Says Tests Link Spill to Anglo-Suisse Well

Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano visited the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday to ensure Americans that it’s safe to travel and conduct business across the border, but Republicans from the Southwest suggested the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to keep the region secure. Click here for full story Keep Reading

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