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Warrior Maven Video Above: Coast Guard Arms Cutters With Drones - Video Comments from Coast Guard Commandant Schultz

Kris Osborn - Warrior Maven

Kris Osborn is a Senior Fellow atThe Lexington Institute

(Washington, D.C.)The Coast Guard’s vigorous push to equip its entire Cutter fleet with deck-mounted surveillance drones offers an interesting window into the service's expanding mission scope - to include an increased focus upon great power threats and potential military attacks such as small boat raids, submarine missions, enemy surveillance drones and even incoming fire.

The Coast Guard is not diminishing its historic and vital mission of defending the homeland against terrorist attacks, narcotics traffic and other kinds of intrusions, per se, but widening its purview to align more fully with DoD’s near-peer adversary emphasis.

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During his 2019 State of the Coast Guard presentation earlier this year, Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz highlighted the service’s growing forward-positioned international mission to support the defense department.

“At this very moment, on the other side of the Pacific, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter BERTHOLF is deployed supporting the Department of Defense Indo-Pacific Combatant Commander, contributing unique authorities to support the United States Navy and our allies amidst the backdrop of great power competition,” Schultz said. Schultz also referenced ongoing Coast Guard support for the US Central Command region.


Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics& Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has a Masters in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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