tv Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Schultz Remarks at Navy League CSPAN December 14, 2018 8:01am-8:50am EST
ur family and i will miss you terribly. desmond tutu a very wise man that you andam is i and all of us will realize that we are family. that we are made for togetherness, for goodness and for compassion. thank thank you very much. i yield the floor. [applause] >> live now to the navy league in arlington, virginia, for remarks by admiral karl schultz. we join it in progress. >> the department of homeland security budget funded the same
time we find the department of defense. it's about security. watch back to the home and waking away camping the sinking. we are not in the department of defense and that's kind of where we reside. where connected. we are each and every day of the county of men and women round supporting six geographic combatant commanders. that's south, come anywhere between six and ten ships, multiple airplanes, this the sd global specialist forstmann women. with two or 50 people in the arabian gulf 40 with the nasa command of the commander, southwest asia. also have a team of 20 folks doing training with international both coalition country borders and a height team of a dozen or so the advanced interdiction team. the commander has to high in response operation, seals up one day, expedition brings another. coast guard advanced interdiction team. these agnostic to what tv picks
there are all equally capable high and response capabilities. at the same time we work extremely well with our virginia department of homeland security partners. 22 agency strong, strong, 15 have years. i am seeing, on the plank on wh department of homeland security like most of my flag collects everything was trying to really see that see the attraction, starting see that interplay of the components working together, unlike before. that's exciting because i really think that's the place we want to fund the coast guard with her own department. and the next slide if i could, this is a context which i recently rolled out the coast guard strategic plan. it's not the combatants cheaply. it's a coast guards for the next four years nursing leadership team authors are listed set a got a brain around what we saw the environment to look like and how we go to press the single because states coast guard. i'm biased but i may say the world's best coast guard into the fight against that. it's about what are those moves
and actually to undertake today to best position the coast guard to work and endlessly complex maritime temperament of tomorrow. tomorrow. i've talked about some, they want to coast guard the ready growth and unresponsive. it's funny what sticks. my brother-in-law was in boston as we are up to the cape and using extension retired coast guard guy and he's texting the pictures of great t-shirts with ready relevant response. looks like present a tie. i've got a get for it, breath mints from the coast guard exchanges system. i'm looking for a $.10 royalty on each ready relevant response gift item. if you haven't in your christmas shopping yet i'm just saying. this new strategic plan, a bit of our north star, or will orient our frontline operations, our policy, budgeting, our acquisitions. if they are not ground truth to this we probably are marching in the right direction.
we have a lot of disparate responsibilities across 11 statutory mission sets and we had a handful of plans and we didn't dispense of any of the former plans. we add a a cyber plan, arctic plan, human capital plan. a big part of coast guard work that wasn't captured in plan so we can fold the existing planty predecessor, predecessors put in place. put under an umbrella plan that captures all the work of the coast guard. when it you are making choices, tend to go down silos and told will altogether. three key priorities and producible. number one maximizing readiness today and tomorrow. number two is addressing the nation's complex maritime challenges. number three is delivering mission excellent anytime anywhere. i'm not going to walk you through the whole thing. when you talk about the first priority maximizing readiness, that is my number one priority as a 26 combatant. i will spend tremendous energy, the rainy through and have years of my tour upping the
conversation, upping the bar on that one. we have done generally pretty well on the acquisition site of the coast guard. if we can maintain predictable steady funding at about $2 $2 billion we can continue our momentum. where we struggle a bit is on the operating and support of the budget. you go back to a 2011 budget control act and look at the seven, eight subs would you do with% purchasing power. an awful lot of things that they care for people, man training equip. that's not part of the budget. we need to raise the conversation with her overseers. the presidents us are seeking an office, president trump talked about rudeness of the armed services he put at national security, presidential memo number one that was focused on the armed services. dod services got about 12% bump on their property support side of the budget in 2010. we had about 4% being outside of duty we're not in the conversation. that is a place i'm going to press into, start doing that and
it remains a key priority for me. our men and women after the call every day and honestly that is my moral obligation to them is to make sure we are putting capable machinery in their hands, giving them the appropriate tactics techniques and procedures, equipment and wrote the policy that allows him to be effective. i'd like to talk about the workforce is our mission ready total workforce. that's our active, reserve from civilian employees and 25,000 volunteers. i did a press think of the day and the judgment has been questioned where are you manpower wise. today versus ten years ago. we are about 3000 less coast guardsman today. we've got about 1400 less active duty, 1700 less reservists. that one concerns me a lot. when i did legislative affairs work about eight years ago we were authorized to go to 10,000 reservists. our authorization now is 7000.
are many cruisers is about 6200. we have no garrison forces interactive side so our reserve component is really the fight tonight folks would pull from the bench and throw into the emergency disaster responses, the hurricane responses, the deepwater horizon type event. we've got to go that number about 1000 folks during my tenure if possible. what we've been on and what i'm excited about is we've been on about it nature journey recapitalizing our capabilities. as an agent think we've had some success where building national security cutters, fast response cutters, offshore patrol cutters that we just award contract is for shipbuilding group in late september for nine with the option up to 11th of a will be capable 360+ or minus foot offshore patrol cutters that are going to be the backbone of her major currently. that's exciting, that's been a long time. continue feel the nsc. congress has awarded as funding for three young the program of
record and that's what we are at today. waiting for 19 budget and i'm sure the the program or record may have liked yet so we will see. fast response cutters, 20 in the field, building a program record of 58 with support of congress. we've got funding into 18 budget replaced two of the six that operate overseas and the patrol forces southwest mission space a touch but so were anxious to see if there's another couple in '19 to continue marching toward recapitalizing the program. and then polar security cutter. that's a big one for us. that's in the 19 budget year. i publicly stated and it will continue saint i'm heartily optimistic that the president conclude that his budget. the 19 budget is in the congressional stage. house and senate version, they don't match up on all fronts. hopeful to get a budget for the end of the calendar year but that's the stage of the budget and those of us that if in washington before that will be but that will be but we will continue to remain guardedly optimistic that folder security cutter we are hoping to build
out fleet of six icebreakers. we need those six breakers, a minimum of three heavier what we're calling polar security cutters and then three medium cutters. and the one, we need one now. start cutting steel, fr plan holds true to form we will award a contract probably spring of 2019 to one builder to build the first polar security cutter and the will be money for the first and hopefully funding for the second. but you are probably six plus years from a contract award to splashing the ship, another year or so before she was doing mission. that will replace a 42-year-old cutter that just depart seattle down for deep freeze 19 in the anarchic. that ship is tired. we will bridge that gap for the six, pages because we have to. the first polar security, will be the replacement for the polar
star and make that annual sojourn down, to break in, get the fuel income get office supplies in europe there may be some shoulder dates were weakened a bit of arctic would put aside to you get to the hulls two and three when you really start to crack some present for the arctic mission space and support. c-130 j continue to find a way in our budget were marching toward the program record of 22, at about 16 funded hulls going today. we have the ones who get from air force, moneymaking from congress for a simulator for building or your similar with set up down in mobile and were starting to get increased redness of the platform. that's been a bit of a challenge space for us but we got a good trajectory. up over 50% readiness marching toward something in the low to mid 70s is our target goal. we need those absolutely critical. long-range, medium-range, that is a capacity shortfall. think about the work we do in eastern pacific on
counter-narcotics, that aviation piece is critically important from a naval standpoint. i.t., we've got some pretty challenging antiquated information systems in the coast guard and that wasn't necessary something i was thinking coming in was going to be something we had to focus on in my tenure got six much in the jump i've got to tell you our enterprise mission platform, the i.t. that underlies that, we will have to do some things. we're watching department of defense as a look at cloud-based solutions were were kind of forget what's the right place for the coast guard to busy themselves. we have done well in the past when we been on the leading edge of anything. generally really watching our dod colleagues in with the big movements are and figuring some investment i.t. investments are going to be critical in our future. looking in the last three years, look at the work is national security cutters, navy guy, but he's the data to the remain in the service, one is of hamilton.
hamilton is on the wheel. these national security cutters have been crushing the nation in each and pacific rolling of drug interdicted. in the last three years 1.4 million pounds of cocaine taken what we call the transit zone, it's that region north of the indian ridge predominately trucks coming out of colombia that are destined for united states streets. typically through the central american cordle, the majority of drugs used to be panama, guatemala. most of the first landfall occurs in mexico more than half of it. those are trucks destined for american street. if you look at the impact at home, you're talking more than 70,000 deaths on an annual basis that are drug-related violence, overdoses, that's now a number that exceeds the number of motor vehicle accidents in our country on an annual basis. that's not insignificant at least in my mind. our strategy, we push the borders up. we don't play goal line defense. we take the fight to the fight. about 15 other miles from u.s.
coastline the ships are operating anywhere from the literals off colombia, ecuador, panama to west of the galapagos. it's an increasingly innovative adaptive adversary that we face with employing technology, gps technology, they kick a local group with the gps abu we can try to come back and find it. they can use something else semisubmersible. and others of this the low-profile vessel, it's not a semisubmersible come cutter looks like 1% multiple engines engines back and very low profile painted to match the ocean but we rolled them up here because hambleton and her sister ships got some tremendous capability she is a user of national level intelligence that she's a contributor to national intelligence so we will excited about what that ship is doing. that ship in the upper right, the opc, eastern shipbuilding capitalism got a pretty tough hit with hurricane michael vettor back at 80% production,
workforce of their prestigious launched a mcallister last friday the seventh. that's a good indicator of production activities are back. we have a project down there and even back in work since november so we doing all the puts and takes look at the assessments, analyzing where they are but this is a long relationship. our hope is to build 25 offshore patrol cutters. that's a program of of record an initial strategy, first couple independent, one per year and the strategy was two hulls for you. that takes you out 20 years. we are working closely with eastern shipbuilding group and confident it will be a terrific cutter. the lower right, that thing is rocketing. replace 110-foot-class patrol boat with the crew of 60. 24 on there. we got smarter, maintenance assistance weapons assistance team shoreside. shorted it a little bit with the budget control act. we should have staffed them more
robustly. they are about 50% staffed but the cutter cutter can operate out of hawaii and head out to guam if need be and operate and the west coast, central pacific fisheries mentions. missions. we could do that with a hundred ten-foot cutter. where excited about the capabilities of fast response cutters as well. this year we are marching off just in a national security cutter out in response to request for forces on the indo pacom commander, new place for >> we sip in those parts of what before but this is a request for forces for apple deficits team to push some u.s. sovereign presence interest your what the united states navy sting. if you look at relationships, look at what china is doing to put liaisons in different parts, this will be an important mission. we partner really well. the coast guard cutter has lemoore accessibility than necessary are great whole navy
counterparts. what admiral davis does with the platform will be his. once we turned a platform over to the tactical control but we've had very robust conversation but what of those unique capabilities the coast guard cutter brings to the part of the theater. we're all about a free and open indo pacom open sea lines of communication. it's a little sporty. we see the chinese postcard to use be under civilian authority is now under the pla, under the place rather, federal police and we see this chinese militia which is a very interesting nonmilitary group bechtler seems to have ties back to the central chinese military authority, military commission doing some pretty aggressive thinks. we hope the coast guard will set the bar on appropriate internationally recognized standard behaviors the coast guard across the global. we are excited about getting to that mission space in the coming year.
talk about the polar. the healy got back from a former diplomat in the arctic that she's at medium capable iceberg. she did support for the office of naval research for the national science foundation and for the national ocean atmospheric, , noaa, work for them. so three sites customers to quite a different in the capabilities. the star can break through six feet of ice at three, four knots daddy. healy about three-quarters of that at three knots speed. the polar kitschy to 21 feet of ice. the healy caps out at about nin. there's a huge difference between the capabilities of the heavy icebreaker and immediate icebreaker. naturally what these poor security cutters will bring to the fight. when you think about the polar regions, what's up there? why do we care? well, you got about one-third of
the untapped natural gas on the planet, 13, 40% of the untapped petroleum reserves in fairly shallow water. trillion dollars of which minerals that matter to us. and then you've got competitive space. the chinese have been up there each of the last four or five years with the research vessel. they just launched a second see dragon and she would probably be operational in in in '18 month. china is a nonmember of the eight arctic council members but she is to cook yourself near arctic state and she's written up for strategy and they're pushing into that space. russia is deriving the 20% of the gdp from the russian arctic. they are reestablishing their bases. the arctic is a place the test of national significance to us. secretary mattis was up there in june. i think his remarks were along the lines of whipped up our game
in the arctic. it's not a developing area. it's a developed area and they can tag the coast guard as the right arms service to really be in that space showing u.s. sovereign presence. i'm all on board. i think that's absolutely ought to be. but i will turn back to the comment about cooperating weekend and collaborating vigorously or collaborate where you can't and competing what you must. i would say i see the arctic as a competitive space. if we are not there, you are seating your sovereign interest. presence equals influence when it comes to the arctic. this remains one of my top priorities for my tenure moving forward. let's pivot for a second when we talk about other priorities. we just rolled out a maritime strategic outlook, so it wouldn't be the military without acronym. the mix so, it's a tenure strategic look at what we call the main transportation system. it's the inland waterways, the
3r61 ports that define big part of our nation's economic engine. $4.6 trillion of annual movement of cargo happens on that one would pick the coast guard is in the thick of it. we've got three months of effort we talk about in a time outlook and is enabling come facilitating lawful trade and travel by secure waterways. it's really about modernizing and then really we look at the capacity of our workforce and the partnerships. it's an increasingly complex world, this waterway world. you look at autonomous ships in the not-too-distant future, al-qaeda testing quantity. you look at the energy market. who would've thought three or four years ago that we would be exporting lng. we are an lng importer. we met upwards of two to 300 lng
export departures out of freeport issue. we manage out of our marine safety unit texas city. we are not staffed at 60 plus or minus bodies to deal with another 200 plus lng exports. it's a dynamic changing if i'm it. think about the port, long beach, l.a., that complex. 40% of the stuff we're shopping for for christmas regardless of where you are in the country comes to that one port. you shut up or down for more than 72-96 hours and goods on the shelves in the heartland are no longer on the shelves in the heartland. so some really interesting things to think about a time space. i would tell you the coast guard is an absolutely critical enabler in that mission space. one of those places that a republican senate, republican white house, democratic house mice find as productive partisan, bipartisan mission space next year, i'm hoping
infrastructure if one of those places. and our strategy putting this out and follow us to play but had of that. you can have that conversation about infrastructural issue really talking about the economic engine part of that that ties to the waterways. we are well-positioned. what else is moving in the space? cyber. we create a coast guard cyber and we're not at foley operating culpability. we're building our own type of protection team. it's a 39 person team. with god cyber service provider in her headquarters. we have worked very closely with our dod cybercom partners at fort need. we are tight into the nccic over dhs, the dhs cyber team system, the new standard recent legislative change from nppd. there's exciting stuff going on. coast guard cyber warriors were working with our dhs colleagues on election security in recent months. so this is some terrific things
going on. this is a burgeoning space. all the technological advancement is fantastic but it got to tell you it's an increasingly complex space a regulatory agency standpoint. there used to be vessel facility security plans, , port security plans for facilities. we added a cyber annex. the challenge is building this workforce of junk cyber professional 50s kids are smart. we just are a major inner coast guard academy, class of 2022 the book about the door in three nephews, the first gets a come out that are cyber card-carrying graduates of our academy. i think there's 311 kids in academy in the graduating class, how do you keep those young kids and after five years? they will have a skill that is truly marketable. there's about a 10,000 plus shortage of cyber professionals today. think about with it is a numbers down the road. that will be something we have to pay attention to but we're
paying attention to the cyber domain. the shot here is a space x launch leslie. coast guard is now in space. we have two that are up there that will help us look at search and rescue satellite coverage in the arctic, and actually tell us what is a space capability to take a huge ferry like that with a finite amount of surface capability to paint a time domain picture. we are excited about our first foray there. i was at an event yesterday, 377 different packages if i remember right on the space x launch. one of them was his hawkeye system and i'm not by no means enter snippets another space-based capabilities help paint some of that domain awareness, how do you look at these ships can look at a place like north korea now, look at sanctions and those of us that did the maritime we track ships. how about when it ship goes dark? is a way to track that ship?
first national level intelligence stuff. this is an exciting thing going on and your coast guard is on the fringes of that. getting smarter everyday but working with partner of homeland security science and technology directorate any think you'll find some real key capabilities that will be up to tap into down the road. lastly, last slide. just rolled up, this is the montage, your coast guard men and women at work. height and capability responders, as a second patrol forces southwest asia. we built out of secular times to get a response team in san diego in the last 18 or so much. to cope with chesapeake. these are highest and really counterterrorism professionals. our challenge today is i have that in chesapeake virginia. i have been in san diego. i don't have list capability. we need to grow some organic lift to bring these team to the fight.
we got to do a pickup with her cbp collects, with our dod colleagues if we have fight tonight some are quick that's be on highway access with a lot of equipment that takes to the nation's roads. but your men and women are doing some terrific things. i've got to tell you we are getting great sons and daughters of americans who want to serve in the coast guard appeared where taking about 3800 kids on an annual basis. if you go back to the sequestration day we throttle that down to about 1400 kids. we are at the highest level of grouping we have done. one of the things we focus on in this total workforce is how does a coast guard position itself as an apart choice? do blend of retirement, the model of going to 20th to get a defined benefit retirement is no longer the model for these new kids. you come in today come for us at a 12 years, you make a. you can get the multiple leave set now consistent with the navy and marines about to an half months pay to sign up for another four years.
but if you're a a good investof you kept out your thrift savings plan on your first 12 years, you have a choice. we are a service were 40% of our our enlisted men and women historically prior to one june 2018 went out to 20 years career i repair i don't think there's nothing armed services that has a 40% retention for 20. 60% for our our offices but we've got to figure out how does the coast guard really market itself that they are a great career progressive opportunity. we are an organization representative of the diverse population we represent. we've got to focus on inclusivity. we got to look at health care. i've got about a 28% vacancy and doctor and dentist bill of rights now we're pressing in on, but dhs now supports, that's public health service, now supports the veterans system. getting doctors to go to some of our more remote areas and go to a large va clinic in a major city, that's tough competition. they can go there and stay there
and move around in that system. loosen them up to kodiak and say maybe kodiak and fishing and slang bears isn't your thing,, here's your order to kodiak. we got some challenges and the space but against the public health service, the maximum, we've got to deliver that a little softer. we got some challenges. i am keenly focused on the workforce and really touring them as a talked about, focusing on remaining in a poor choice for them. we got the brightest generation men and women who want to serve their nation, but with 3.5% or lower unemployment and a lot of choices out there, skills like being a regulated, skills that allow you to walk into an lng facility and understand that as an e- six, guess what, shell and mobile are willing to pay a lot of money for the same skills. your spouse has a good job and your kids like the soccer league and are engaged in your church, except to compete with that when
someone offers you double summer. we've got to take an inward look and focus our people. let me stop there and really opened the floor to your question. a privilege to be here. your coast guard extend the watch. i'll wrap up by saying, you know, the man, the command for coast guard service has never been greater to the appetite is insatiable whether that supported our own department, whether that supporting the six geographic combatant commanders, really exporting local influence and maritime governance and goodness. we are over secretary pritzker problem to have a vegetarian it needs to be resources to that so i'm committed to chipping that fight, put the right equipment and hence the men and women of coast guard and to really focus on a workforce that is ready relevant and responsive. so thank you. i stand by ready for questions. [applause] >> i should've gave the three-hour speech.
>> the house yesterday stripped funding for the icebreaker out of the homeland budget. what does that do to you? how does that affect your plan going forward? a lot of screaming and yelling on the senate side to put it back in, but there it stands. this happened yesterday and want to strip the money out to contribute to the 5 billion the president wants for the walk. >> richard, i'll tell you this. i did about seven years of legislative affairs. this is for the coast guard took not an unfamiliar space for me. i would say the way our budgeting process indecision works is a 12 appropriations. we are in different security appropriation. the senate has done their mark. the houses done their mark. the house is having conversations about how they move forward.
there in the conference stage and i will stick by my guns and say i'm guardedly optimistic. the icebreaker was in the president's initial request. there are supporters on the hill that leave the nation needs recapitalizing icebreaker and the need to do that now. we'll see how that plays out but this is the conference stage. this is way these things play out in washington and those conversations will probably get more energized before they are done, but we sold our story to her overseers and i think they understand and now it's the will of the people and the will of the cars to make the ultimate choices. >> thank you. very inspiring to hear about your visions for the next two years. going back to the polar comments. comments. there's great collaboration between international partners. can you give it a bit more on your visions of international collaboration with your partners
rather than those who might be contesting space up in the arctic? >> the antarctic all of it? >> yes, a a little more about e arctic. >> for us there's increasing mission present. we've got cruises up there, silver streak ship, 450 passengers. crystal syringe has transited northwest passage in the last couple of years with 1500 passengers on board. there's a demand signal. if there's a crisis at secom elucidation looking to? you looking to united states coast guard. there are more activities today than the work yesteryear. what if you add environmental response? right inner wheelhouse. we have gold treasures operating, raggedly worked there. what we've been doing for the last handful of years is we do this operation called arctic shield. we forward deployed two jayhawk helicopters to a national guard facility. fellows to use.
we based out of there for about three and half, for months, early june to late october. we've been pushing increased number of cutters up there. this year depends, depends on where the ice is. the arctic report, it's noaa report just came out this week. i haven't got to the whole report yet and gives you assessment of the climate when packs. consistent number of its three straight years where there is really a decline, such more accessible up there. that additional accessibility water weather wasn't water really does translate official coast guard response. our partnerships, where an ball with the arctic coast guard forum. we had the leadership of that last year. iceland has it now with the arctic council. we are absolutely in a collaborative relationship with partners. where drawing expertise from the canadians, and icebreaker technology, hull forms.
the collaboration i think is very strong. i paint the picture about we renamed what was before the heavy icebreaker, i renamed it on my watch the polar security cutter. a bit emblematic, , symptomaticf the fact that it's a competition for sovereignty, competition for present. when you're sitting in the department of homeland security outside of the coast guard, is not a lot of 20 partners there would understand what you need icebreaking for but when you talk about security, this polar security cutter and the competitive space and the natural resources up there, , te protective interest of the, sovereign interest, i think that's with the conversation goes. so the partnership for strong. with the functional working relationship with russia up in the arctic. our site of maritime boundary line, we can coordinate for rescued miners in distress. we do fisheries collaboration of the biblical some interesting relationship with jenny.
i'm not a china phone. we had a relationship for 25 years shipping from the arctic that shifting from the arctic to the end of a comfort without -- good part of a quarter century. in 19 that moment of agreement for renewal this past summer, coast guard cutter alexander ship we got from the navy way back yesterday getting long in the tooth, chinese ship encounters high drift ship at sea. international resolution you can have two enough kilometers and member right adrift at stern. it ravages everything we hold in the thin ocean. they had about ten columbus. with the chinese ship we approach you, chinese like ship, approach the flag state, basically interdicted come sees the vessel, turn over the chinese, they will circle back. we enjoy some right dramatic relationships with these big competing competition partners both in the arctic region and at
places like that is an interesting place partnerships what i taken away in 35 years, what you get with the coast guard is one of my predecessors that allen said where jurisdiction multilingual. we can partner with the one vote share of organization in santa barbara, california, and where a member of the national intelligence committee. we've got coast guard wrench turns on uk combatants now helping fill a gap that you guys did some transitions. we are a global coast guard which is exciting. a lot of folks think about the coast guard as the station upon the great lakes or maybe in northern california, , don't thk about the global reach. ship as part of our dna. -- partnerships is really part of our dna. >> dave from to look. we read in the paper every day
about material the material res shortfalls of the navy. aircraft, low levels of readiness. can you translate that into the coast guard concerned? >> from a readiness standpoint, last year when it did come we did all the puts and takes him probably based on 17, not eating. i think we lost almost two cutters so we program on major cutters, national security, former legacy, but one of 85 days deployed the attempts of 50%% a year our model, if you look at the navy i think we program more days a year over if you look at over three years, about 50% deployed time. with the support of our engineer and mission support, we are about 92% availability in that model. last year i lost about two cutters of capability of
capacity from a readiness standpoint, from an maintenance standpoint. that's a direct correlation to budget. i lost the equivalent of five or six helicopter, annual helicopter increments of capacity because of readiness. so i won't tell you we have a readiness spiral but i will tell you i'm keenly into with service redness. that's what it's my number one priority. if we don't get, and injection of cash on the o&s site we will have to start making choices. my commitment is to deliver that ready coast guard to those customers, the secretary, the combatant commanders but if i get to the point on the putting ships out that are safe to sale rotary -- which make choices. our target aviation readiness,, 71%, i just saw the secdef challenge for nation at war move from a to get the numbers but i think you don't looking somewhere in the sabbath 50
range for the aviation, tactical assets to get that up to 80%. that is a big chunk. we are doing work on our aviation as cisco we're close to that 71% but we need help in terms of operating dollars to sustain that, dave. don't think we are anywhere at a tipping point now, but if the demand signal keeps decreasing stay steady or not able to push into that we will have to make some choices. >> until july i was the last fleet commander down there. [inaudible] what you see the new role therefore -- [inaudible] >> from a coast guard contribution to the are you talking about? right now it's in the atlantic, and there was a bad we are watching that. it's clear why second fleet came back after being away for a few
short number of years. we talked a lot in recent years about the north pacific coast guard forum and that brings in the china, the russia, the collaboration folks are doing something that witness is a think we have collaboration. i talked a bit about that. with the north atlantic coast guard forum. in 19 the first year the u.s. will host that. i would say we have not been active in that collaboration in recent years, but it think consistent with the return of the second fleet that's a place we could look, we've got to look at one of those common interests. you look at the biggest operation up off norway coast in the arctic. that region of the world is medically important now. we've got actors that are demonstrating behaviors that are not nested consistent with our international view of a peaceful world. i think you are going to see increased coast guard interest there, elaboration there. do i see us pushing assets into
that second team, second, excuse me, return of the navy? i don't know. i don't think that's an immediate thing. i think this year where getting back in 19 with the ship over to the african continent. we have been over there and a bunch of years. we've been over there with people disaggregate what we call deployable specialized forces. we been writing allied ships come have the own maritime capabilities that we been doing law enforcement fisheries with and helping them build their capacity. look at the african continent projected growth, look at fish as a source of protein, as a source of food. that's critically important to them build the organic capability to protect their sovereign waters. we will send an medium endurance cutter pack of this church is to keep the skills relevant and ir service. we've transferred 378-foot high endurance cutter to the nigerians. would love to see our cutter call the nigerians out and do
some joint operations. of the exciting. i'm not sure if that will happen or not but we're trying to stay in the fight and demonstrate the behavior that helps protect your own sovereign turtle interest. second fleet, conversation is evolving. we know what he lose pretty well done and is building his team those accommodations done rookwood we are definitely upping our conversations with our north atlantic coast guard partners this year. thank you for the question. anyone else? dale, , how are you? >> good, sir. with your basement on the hill and your congressional analysis what's going on with the secret for years, i think the stars are aligning when you get the bill to get congress in and others to move that over 50 see that as an opportunity? >> that conversation as public, one of the one of my predecessors watch. i would say this.
i would say i think there's clear benefit with the lineup, support of loss secret that generally needs to start the conversation out of the administration, after the senate foreign relations committee. i'm not going to get ahead of that. new congress can do calendar year, there could be those opportunities. i have heard a lot of that chatter. doesn't mean it's not going on but to me probably just going to stay in the safe quadrant in that conversation and say my predecessors have talked about the benefits of law of the sea in terms of places like the arctic, and places where extended outer continental shelf writes get a little bit clear when you are a ratified member of the u.n. convention on law of the sea, but kind of leave that conversation to start to unfold at its own pace, the senate or the administration. all right. thank you very much. thanks for your time today and
thank you, navy league, for hosting us this morning. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, admiral schultz for being here with us today and sharing insights. thank you, sir. >> thank you very much. what's that movie, the polar express? the first gift of christmas, right? thanks. [applause] >> thank you again admiral schultz. i could please ask michelle our senior vice president of development and defense to please talk about some upcoming events. thank you, michelle. >> thank thank you, alan. good morning. buenos dias. it's hard to believe we're so close to the end of you but it reminds me that have a few important announcements i'd like
to share with you. for our corporate guests here today as you finalize your 2019 budget i want to make sure that you have navy league maritime down on your kiffin horizon. it's held in conjunction with our sea-air-space expedition to tilt at the gaylord of the national harbor and it will be in may this year. all net proceeds from the gala will be used to fund our mission programs including a legislative affairs youth and family programs, seapower magazine and so much more. this year's if it looks to the exceptional once again but we e added excitement of a silent auction this year. this year at the gala we are recognizing our sea service spouses and are delighted to be presenting an award to a spouse organization of the year. we would also be honoring cno richardson with an award and admiral greener will be our keynote speaker.
there are several sponsorship options for the gala, so please contact us to let us know how your company would like to contribute to our common mission, the well-being of our see services and their families. and speaking of sea-air-space, may will be her at no time at all we still have a few sponsorship opportunities available for our exhibitors. our director of corporate business development in the back is here this morning, and we would love it if you'd go chat with him after our event and leading up sponsorship opportunities or company would like to have. for our international friends that are here today, we will be sending out your sea-air-space invitations for your delegations in the next week day or so. please know that we are always here for you so if you need anything just let us know. and last but not least we are looking for to seeing all of
your against our next special topic breakfast will still be february 6 tickets the first one of the year. there's not going to be one in january are invited speaker that he's going to be the honorable james gertz was a assistant secretary of the navy for research, development and acquisition. so thank you all so much for being here today. happy holidays and we will see you in the new year. thank you. [applause] >> thank thank you, michelle. just a couple of closing comments. i am pleased report probably have press release next week with the details, but we did hire a new executive director last night. we are very excited about that, so the board approved the higher of this individual, formal press release come out next week. this group, thank you for your support over the last year. you know, this is been a really great year so thank you to the
team for what your support, really appreciate that. you all know you've a direct line to me if you need me for anything. our organization is here to support you to support our see services, and we really appreciate that. with that, wishing everyone a happy holiday. all the best for 2019. thank you for being here, everyone. [applause] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations]