tv Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Schultz Remarks at Navy League CSPAN December 17, 2018 2:15pm-3:00pm EST
>> when the new congress takes office in january, it will have the youngest, most diverse freshman class in recent history. new congress, new leaders. watch it live on c-span starting january 3rd. >> up next, coast guard commandant adam schultz looks at force readiness. he spoke at an event hosted by the navy league of the united states. this is about 50 minutes. >> good morning, everyone. if i could please get your attention. good morning. good morning, everyone. it is my pleasure as national president of the navy league to be with all of you here this morning. it is a privilege to welcome our special guest today, the 26th
commandant of the u.s. coast guard and navy league's good friend, admiral carl schultz. admiral schultz, it is truly an honor to have you join us for this month's special topic breakfast. i would also like to welcome our other flag and general officers as well as other distinguished guests joining us this morning. thank you and welcome to the many industry executives and navy league members who are also here with us today. general dynamics is pleased to sponsor this special topic breakfast. these events are important venues for the defense industry to interface with government professionals. we thank you for your participation and we thank them for their support. now back to our special guest and our good friend, admiral schultz. admiral schultz assumed duties as the 26th commandant of the u.s. coast guard on june 1st of
this year. he previously served from august 2016 to may 2018 as commander atlantic area, where he was the operational commander for all coast guard missions, spanning five coast guard districts and 40 states. he concurrently served as director department of homeland security joint task force east. our navy league is very proud of our support and service to our coast guard, and i would like to personally thank admiral schultz for his phenomenal vision, leadership and friendship. we look forward to his remarks and insight this morning so please join me in welcoming admiral schultz to the podium. [ applause ] >> well, good morning. thanks for the warm welcome. it's always a treat to be with the navy league. we are truly appreciative of all
the united states navy league does across the country for the men and women of the coast guard. we enjoy terrific relation and i would say generally given the proportional size of the coast guard and the other sea services, we are probably disproportionately supported by the navy league. we're okay with that. keep it coming. it's a privilege to be here today. alan, adam said he wanted three hours of prepared comments. i will take one question at the end. ready to go? here we go. you know, it's 15 years ago today that president bush number 43 announced the capture of saddam hussein. just to put a little historical timeline here. it's interesting when we look at where we are today in the 21st century about the complex and dynamic operating environment we find ourselves. we got the new national security strategy focused on competing rising great powers, not so sure those of us in uniform thought we would be at this point again in 2018 but that's why we find ourselves. the homeland is no longer a sanctuary. my secretary, secretary of
homeland security talks about the home game and the away game are no longer distinct. they are in fact the same game. each of the armed services enjoys a complementary relationship and when you look at how we leverage our best roles to serve our great nation, i think you find the coast guard's interestingly positioned. you look at -- i tend to look at us through a lot of different lenses but with this crowd, i'm going to talk about how secretary mattis talks about the view right now. he talks about collaborating, cooperating where we can and vigorously competing where we must. i think you will find i hopefully speak a little bit about this today, you find the coast guard brings a broad range of response options to that paradigm. the coast guard promotes american values and influence worldwide, driving those situations that really require a response operation that's nuanced, it's slightly below that threshold of armed conflict. we're not only nationally relevant, i like to say we are globally connected. we are the only armed service in
the department of homeland security and that brings some unique challenges with it. i think it's the absolute right place for the coast guard but when you're having a conversation, even the current budget conversation, my personal view is the conversation should be not a defense/non-defense conversation, really a security/non-security conversation. i would love to see the department of homeland security budget funded the same time you fund the department of defense budget but it's really about the security of the game. it goes back to the home and away game being the same game but we're not in the department of defense. that's kind of where we reside but we are connected. we are each and every day of the calendar year, have men and women around the continent, supporting the six geographic combatant commanders. south-com, anywhere from six to ten ships, multiple airplanes, disaggregated deployable specialized men and women. 250 men and women in the gulf, southwest asia, we also have a team of 20 folks doing training
with international gulf coalition country partners and we have a high end team of a dozen or so what we call advanced interdiction team. so the commander has to do the high end response operation, the s.e.a.l.s, expeditionary marines, coast guard. he's agnostic so what team he picks, they are all equally capable high end response capabilities. at the same time, we work extremely well with our burgeoning department of homeland security partners. we are 22 agencies strong, 15 1/2 years. i'm a plank owner with the department of homeland security like most of my flag colleagues. i think we are starting to really see that traction, starting to see that interplay of the m could opponecomponents together like never before. that's exciting to me. i really think that's the place we want to find the coast guard, with our own department. then next, this is the context which i recently rolled out the coast guard strategic plans.
it's the coast guard strategic plan for the next four years. our senior leadership team, officer enlisted, sat down and really got our brain around what we saw the environment to look like and how we are going to press this thing called united states coast guard. i'm a little biased. i might say the world's best coast guard, into the fight. and it's really about what are the moves and actions we need to undertake today to best position the coast guard to work in the increasingly complex maritime environment of tomorrow. i have talked about since day one, a coast guard that's ready, relevant and responsive. it's interesting, the three rs. my brother-in-law was in boston on his way to the cape and he was in the exchange, retired coast guard guy, he sends me pictures of great tee shirts with ready, relevant and response. it looks like prison attire. the other day, i got one as a gift. i'm looking for a ten cent royalty on each gift item.
just for your christmas shopping. but you know, this new strategic plan, i'm calling it our polaris our north star, where we will orient our front line operations, our policy, budgeting, acquisitions. if there's not truth to this, we are probably not 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 with any of the former plans. we had a cyberplan, an arctic plan, western hem plan, human capital plan. it was a big body of coast guard work that wasn't captured in a plan. we followed the existing plans that my predecessors put in place, and we put it under an umbrella plan that captures all the work of the coast guard. when you are making choices, you see it all in front of you, you tend to go down silos and don't pull it all together. one priority, maximizing readiness today and tomorrow, addressing the nation's complex maritime challenges, and number
three, delivering mission excellence any time, anywhere. i'm not going to walk you through the whole thing but when you talk about that first priority, maximizing readiness, today and tomorrow, that is my number one priority. i will spend tremendous energy the remaining three and a half years of my tour upping the conversation, upping the bar on that one. we have done generally pretty well on the acquisition side of the coast guard. if we can maintain predictable steady funding at about $2 billion, we can continue our momentum. i will talk more about those projects. where we struggle a little bit is on the operating and support, the o & s side of the budget. you go back to the 2011 budget control act and look at the subsequent seven, eight years, we lost a lot of purchasing power. a lot of things that take care of our people, man, train, equip, that's in that part of the budgets. we need to raise the conversation there with our overseers. the president, as soon as he came into office, president trump, talked about the readiness of the armed services.
he put out national security presidential memo number one that was really focusing on the armed services. i think the d.o.d. services got about a 12% bump on their operating support side of their budget in 2018. we got about 4%. being outside of d.o.d. we weren't really in that conversation. that is the place that i'm going to press into, started doing that as i did my round for confirmation hearings and it will remain a key priority for me here. our men and women, they answer the call every day and honestly, that is my moral obligation to them, is to make sure we're putting capable machinery in their hands, we are giving them appropriate ttps, tactics, techniques and procedures, the equipment and really the policy that allows them to be effective here. i would like to talk about the work forces, our mission-ready total work force, active, reserve, civilian employees and 25,000 volunteers. it's interesting, i did a press thing the other day and the gentleman asked me a question about where are you man power wise today versus ten years ago.
we are actually about 3,000 less coast guard today. we got about 1400 less active duty, 1700 less reservists. that one concerns me a lot. at one point, i did legislative affairs body work, we were authorized to go to 10,000 reservists. our authorization now is at 7,000. our manning for reserves is about 6200. we have no forces on the active side there so we pull from the bench and throw into the emergency disaster responses, the hurricane responses, deepwater horizon type things. we got to grow that number by about a thousand during my tenure if possible. what we have been on and what i'm pretty excited about, we have been on about an eight-year journey really recapitalizing our capabilities. as i mentioned, i think we have had some success there. we are building national security cutters, fast response cutters, offshore patrol cutters. we just awarded a contract to
eastern shipbuilding group in late september for nine with the option up to 11. i think we will be really capable, 360 plus or minus foot offshore patrol cutters that will be the backbone of the fleet. that's exciting. that's been a long time in the mix. we continue to field [ inaudible ] congress has awarded us three and that's where we're at today. we are waiting for the '19 budget. i'm not sure that program of record may have legs yet. we'll see. fast response cutters, 28 in the field. we are building out a program of record of 58 with the support of congress, we have actually got funding in the '18 budget to replace two of the six that operate overseas and the patrol forces southwest missions base i talked about. we are anxious to see if there's potentially another couple in there in '19 to continue marching towards recapitalizing that program. then polar security cutter. that's a big one for us. that's in the '19 budget here. i publicly stated and will continue to state i'm guardedly optimistic, the president
included that in the budget, the '19 budget's in the congressional stage. there's a house and senate version. they don't match up on all fronts. hopeful that we will get a budget here before the end of the calendar year but that's the stage of the budget, those of us that have been in washington before, that will be what that will be. but we are going to continue to remain guardedly optimistic. that polar security cutter, we are hoping to build out a fleet of six ice breakers and i have adopted what i call the six three one strategy. we need the six breakers, a minimum of three heavy or what we are calling polar security cutters, then three medium cutters and the one is we need one now. you start cutting steel, if our plan holds true to form, we will award a contract probably spring of 2019 to one builder to build that first polar security cutter and there will be money for the firstfunding for the second. probably six plus years from a contract award, another year or so before she's due a mission.
that polar security cutter will replace a 42-year-old cutter that just departed seattle bound for deep freeze '19 in the antarctic. that ship is tired. we will bridge that gap for the six, eight years because we have to bridge that gap. but the first polar security cutter will really be the replacement for the polar star, make that annual sojourn because that's a critically important mission to break in, get the fuel in there, get all the supplies in there. there may be days where we can do a little arctic work but it's not until you get to two and three where you really start to craft missions for the arctic space. that's important. we are marching towards a program record of 22. i think we are at about 16 to date. we have the c-27s we got from the air force, got some money in '18 from congress for a simulator for a building for a simulator we will set up in mobile, and we are starting to get increased readiness out of that platform. that's been a bit of a challenge
space for us, but i think we are at a good trajectory, up over 50% readiness, marching towards something in the low mid 70s is our target goal. we need those absolutely critically. long range, medium range, surveillance capabilities for the coast guard. that is a capacity shortfall. when you think about the work we do in the eastern pacific on counter narcotics, that aviation piece is critically important from an enabling standpoint. ... >> i have to tell you are a prize mission in the it that underlies that you will have to do things here. we are watching the department of defense and is a look at cloud -based solutions were trying to figure out what the right place for the coast guard to position themselves. we not done wellin the past we
been on the leading edge of anything and generally were an organization so watching our duty probably seen the big moment and figuring some investment it investment will be critical in our future. looking in the last three years when you look at the work of the national security cutters and maybe guy is mike and dad of three and they are both in the service and these national security cutters have been crushed in the mission in eastern pacific role in drug interdict her spirit in the last three years 1.4 million pounds of cocaine in the transit zone, the region north of the indian ridge predominantly coming out of columbia that are destined for the united states streets. typically through the central american court or in the majority of drugs used to be panama then guatemala and most of the first landfall occurs in mexico more than half of it. those are drugs destined for american streets and if you look at the impact here at home talking more than 70000 deaths on an annual basis that are drug-related islands, overdosed
and things like that. that's a number that exceeds a motor vehicle accident in our country on an annual basis. that is not insignificant. our strategy we push the borders out. we don't play goal line defense but take the fight to the fight. about 1500 miles from the us coastline the ships are operating anywhere from ecuador and columbia and panama to west of the galapagos and increasingly innovative adaptive adversary that we face with employing technologies, dbs technologies and take a load over with gps buoy and try to come back and find it and using self filed self-propelled routers and low-carb profile vessel that is not a semi- submersible looks like one but multiple engines and low-profi low-profile, painted seafoam green or blue to match the ocean but we are rolling them up.
our hamilton and a sister ship scott capability. she's a user of national level intelligence and contributor we are really excited about what the chip is doing and ship in the upper right the opc eastern ship building, god bless him. tough hit with hurricane michael but i believe there back at 80 plus% reduction in workforce is there and i saw they launched a mcallister tug last friday, the seventh, that's a good activity that is back. resident office down there and they been back in work since november so we doing takes looking at assessments and analyzing and this is a long relationship. our hope is to build 25 offshore patrol cutters program of record in that submission strategy first independent one a year and the strategy was to hold a year. that takes you out over 15, 20 year relationship. we are working closely with east ship for the group and covenant that will be a traffic cutter. fast response cover in the lower
right is rocketing. that replaced 110-foot island trouble with a crew of 16. twenty-four posts on there and little bit smarter and what we call maintenance assistance and weapons assistance team. shorted a little bit with the budget control act but we should have staff them more robustly and about 50% staffed but that cutter can operate out of hawaii and had out to guam to the scene of the eyes it may be in operate in the west coast, central pacific missions but we cannot do that with 110-foot group or cutter or a person crew. were excited about the capabilities of this response cutters as well. this year we are marching off to send a national security cutter out in response to a request from the indo pay, commander. new place for us. we sailed in as part of the world before but this is a request for services for admiral davidson's team out there to
push us sovereign residents interest beyond the united states navy. you look at oceana and the relationships and what china is doing to put liaisons in the different parts this will be an important mission. we partner with the wall. whitehall coast guard cutter has little more accessibility then necessarily our great hall needy counterparts. what admiral davis openly does in that platform is his once we turn the platform over but we've had robust conversations about the unique capabilities a coast guard cutter brings to that part of the theater. were all about free, open indo pay from, it's a little sporty and we see the chinese coast guard that used to be under civilian authority is now under the pla and navy under the police rather federal police and we see this chinese militia which is a very interesting nonmilitary group that clearly seems to have ties back to the
central chinese military authority and doing aggressive things. we hope the coast guard will set the bar on appropriate internationally recognized dinner behaviors for coast guard across the global. it will be interesting. exciting about getting into that mission space in the coming year. go to next life, justin. talked about the polar the healy just got back from a four month deployment and she's at medium capable icebreaker. did support for the office of naval research for the national science foundation ever national ocean atmosphere and noaa. three side customers. quite a difference in capabilities. * can break through about 6 feet of i.c.e. or 8 feet of i.c.e. that's three or four not steady and healy is about three quarters of that at three not speed. back in ramming the polar gets
you through 21 feet of height. there's a huge difference between the capabilities of a heavy icebreaker to media my figure. that's what these polar security cutters will bring. we think about the polar regions what is up there and why to be care? well, you have third of an untapped natural gas on the planet and 13 or 14% of the untapped petroleum reserves and fairly shallow water less than 200-foot water deaths so $20 of rich minerals that matter to us. then you have competitive space. attorneys have been up there each of the last four or five years with their research vessel and launched a second and she will be operationally year 18 months now and they are building a heavy breaker themselves. china is a non- member of the eight arctic council members which they declared themselves
in your arctic state and written a polar strategy. they're pushing into that space. russia is driving 20% of their gdp from the russian -- there reestablishing their base in the arctic. it's a place that has national significance. secretary mattis was up there in june and his remarks were along lines that we got to up our game in the arctic. it's not a developing area but a developed area. they tag to the coast guard is the right arm service to be in that space showing us sovereign presence. i'm all on board there. that's absolutely where we ought to be. turned back to the comment about cooperating where you can and collaborating vigorously or collaborate and a computer you must. i was a i see the arctic as a competitive space were not there you see it in your sovereign interest. presence equals influence when it comes to the arctic. this remains one of my top priorities for my ten year moving forward.
let's have it when we talk about other priorities. we rolled out a maritime dietrich outlook so would not be the military without -- the mix so as we called it tenure strategic look at what we call the marine transportation is in. inland waterways, 261-point had to find a big part of our nation's economic engine with $4.6 trillion of annual movement of cargo happens on that waterway. coast guard is in the thick of that. we talk about the maritime commerce outlook and its enabling and facilitating lawful trade and travel, secure waterways. it's about modernizing our navigation and mariner said and we look at the capacity of our workforce in partnerships.
it's an increasingly complex world this water weight worlds. look at autonomous ships in the not-too-distant future but all kinds of testing going on today. look at the energy market. who would have thought three or four years ago that we would be exporting lng. we were at lng importer and may have upwards of two or 300 lng exports the partners out of report this year but we manage managed -- in texas city. were not staffed at 60 plus or minus bodies to deal with another 200 plus lng exports. it's a dynamic change environment. think about the ports of long beach and la that complex with 40% of the stuff we are shopping for christmas regardless of where you are in the country comes through that one port. shut that port down for more than 72, 96 hours and goods on the shelves in the heartland are no longer on the shelves in the heartland. addressing things think about
the maritime commerce base and role. i would tell you the coast guard is an absolutely critical enabler in that mission no space. i think one of those places that a republican senate and republican white house and democratic house might find is productive partisan is the bipartisan mission in space and i'm hoping infrastructure is one of those places and our strategy put in this out on the fall was to play at a that. we can have that conversation about the projector unless you talk about the economic part that ties to the waterways. we are well-positioned. cyber is moving into the space. we've created a coast guard cyber calm and we are not at fully operating capability and an ioc and building out our own cyber protection team with 39 person team and cyber service providers in our headquarters we have worked very closely with our dod cyber calm partners and
tied into the and take over at dhs and the dhs cyber team in the new stand up recent vegetative change from an ppd and exciting stuff going on. coast guard cyber warriors were working with our dhs colleagues on election security in recent months. there's two things going on. this is a burgeoning space. all the technological advancement is absolutely fantastic. i have to tell you it's an increasingly complex space from a literary standpoint. will be done there used to be vessel facilities, security plans, port security plans for facilities and we added a cyber to that. the challenge for us is building the workforce of the young cyber professionals. these kids are smart and we distorted a major coast guard academy in the class of 2022 that will be the first kid that come out at cyber hard caring graduates of our academy. in 31 kids in academy in that
graduate in class. some are about 280 but how do you keep those young kids in after five years? they will have a skill that is truly remarkable. 10000 plus shortage of cyber professionals today and think about where that in numbers down the road. that will be something you got to pay attention to. we are to pay attention to the cyber domain and the shot here is the space x lunch break last week. coast guard is now in space. we got to keep stats, yukon and kodiak that are up there and help us look at search and rescue that live coverage in the arctic. also it will tells where the space-based capabilities take a huge area like that with a finite amount of service capability and paint a maritime domain picture. we are excited about her first foray there. i was out yesterday at an event and there's 37 different packages if i remember right on this space x lunch. one is hawkeye system and by no means i'm endorsing that but another capability space-based
capability to help paint some of that domain awareness but how do you look at these ships or a place like north korea right now and sanctions and those of us that have anything to do with it i know we track ships so what about when the ship turns out in those dark is there a way to track a ship and national level intelligence and other space-based capabilities on a lower spectrum that might help you paint that picture and situational awareness. exciting going on in your coast guard is on the fringes. smarter every day but working with department of homeland severity science and technology and directorate and you will find real key capabilities that will tap into down the road. and lastly roll it up this is a montage in your coast guard men and women at work. high-end capability responders and as i said patrol forces southwest asia we built out a second maritime security response team insanity go the
last 18 or so months to government the team and to speak and these are highest and counterterrorism professionals. the challenge today is i have them in chesapeake virginia and have them in san diego and i don't have a lift capability. need to go organic lift to bring these teams to the fight. right now we've got a pickup with our cbd colleagues and beauty colleagues and fight tonight somewhere quick that is beyond highway access with a lot of equipment that takes to the nation's roads. many women who doing terrific things. i got to tell you but we are getting great sons and daughters of americans want to serve the coast guard and taking 3800 kids from our doors in bases if you go back to the frustration area we throttled that down to 1400 kids. we are at highest level recruitment that we've done in one of the things we focus on his mission ready total workforce out of the coast guard position itself for a choice.
blended retirement? the model is no longer for the new kids. if you come in today for us a 12 your point you make a decision and get the multiple weeds that consistent with the navy and marines to have must pay and sign up for another four years. but if you are a good investor and kept out your plan on the first 12 years you got a choice. we are a service where 40% of our enlisted men and women historically prior to 2018 when on 420 year careers. i don't think there's another arm service with that 40% retention where they enlisted men and women but 60% for our offices. we got to figure out how does the coast guard really market itself that they're a great career progression opportunities and we are in organization representative of the diverse population and represent and focus on inclusivity and look at healthcare i got a 20% vacancy
in doctor and dentist that we are pressing in on but phs now supports public health service that supports the better in the system so getting doctors to go to some of our more remote areas where they go to a large va clinic in a major city is tough competition. they can go there and stay there and move around in the system and send them to kodiak and say kodiak and slain beers is anything and fishing but here's your order to kodiak. the challenges in that space but public health service the maximum of their orders not imitations we got to deliver that softer. i'm keenly focused on the workforce and really tooling them as i talked about focusing on remaining an employer of choice for them and brightest generation of men and women that want to serve their nation but with three and a half percent or lower unemployment and choices out there skills like being a
regulator and skill like allow you to walk into an lng export of understand that as an e6 oil is maybe willing to pay you money and your spouse has a good job in your kids like the soccer league and engaged in your church. it's tough to compete with that. someone offers you double sorry. you gotta take an inward look focus on our people. i may stop there and open the floor to your questions privilege to be here in the coast guard is standing the watch and i'll wrap up just by saying that the man for coast guard service in my 35 plus years has never been greater. appetite is insatiable whether supporting our own department or supporting the six geographical combatant commanders or whether it's exporting global influence in maritime governance and goodness. we are oversubscribed a good problem to have but i got to tell you that needs to be resources to that.
i'm committed to championing that fight and put the right equipment in the hands of the men and women of the coast guard into focus on a workforce that is ready and responsive. thank you. i stand by for your questions. [applause] should have given a three-hour speech. [laughter] >> richard from military .com. house yesterday stripped funding for the icebreaker out of the homeland budget. what does that do to you and how does that affect your plan going forward with a lot of screaming and yelling on the senate side but there stands that it happened and they want to strip the money out to contribute to the 5 million the president wants --
>> richard, i will tell you this. i did seven years of legislative affairs for the gardens was not an unfamiliar face for me. i would say the way our budgeting process and the station works 12 appropriations, we are in the department of domestic the provisions and the senate has done their mark in houses done their market house is having conversations about how they move forward in a conference phase and i will stick by my guns and say i'm on guarding the optimistic. it was in his initial quest and there are supporters on the hill that believe the nation needs to recapitalize and i figure you need to do that now so we'll see how that plays out. it's the conference stage. the way these things play out in washington. we'll get more energized before they're done and we told our story for overseers and they understand it now is the will of the people in congress to make the ultimate choice. in the back, yes, sir.
>> thank you. [inaudible] [inaudible] >> yeah, absolutely. for us there is increasing mission presence. expedition crews are up there an increasing number and so the shrink ship and 450 passengers and i think it's crystal serenity as transited northwest passage here in the last couple of years with 200 passengers on board. demand signal and if there's a crisis at the who is the nation looking to? united costar. more activities today than they were yesteryear.
what if you had environment a response -- it's in our wheelhouse. soldiers operating and regulatory work so what we are doing for last year's is search operation called arctic shield. we've deployed to jayhawk helicopters to a national guard facility that allows us to use and base out of there for about three and half months or four months. something about you too late october we been pushing increased number of cutters of their in this year -- it depends on where the i.c.e. is but the arctic report -- the noble report that just came out i'm not come through the whole report but his assessment of climate impacts and assisted number street three years we've had a defining number of i.c.e. so there's more accessibility and additional accessibility, water where there was not water does translate to additional coast guard responsibly.
we are involved with the arctic coast guard forum and we had the leadership of that last year and i still have it now with counsel and we are in a collaborative relationship and icebreaker technology and working with th the -- [inaudible] the collaboration is strong and i paint the picture about we renamed what was before the heavy icebreaker and i renamed it on my watch the polar security cutter and the emblematic symptomatic of the fact that it's a competition for sovereignty. competition for presence. we sit in the department of homeland security outside of the coast guard there's not a lot of 21 partners that understand what you need icebreaking four. when you talk about security in the polar security cutter and competitive space and the natural resources of their that
protective interests of their of sovereign interest that's where the conversation goes. partnerships are strong. we have a functional working relationship with russia up in the arctic and our side of the maritime line we can coordinate for rescue of mariners in distress and to fishery collaboration and interesting relations with china. i'm not a tiny folk. we had a relationship for 25 years from the arctic to the indo pay come and for a good part of the country and the memorandum of agreement was up for renewal but this past summer coast guard cutter got from the navy way back yesterday getting long in the tooth chinese ship writer embarked encounters high seas at vessel at sea. by international to have kilometers [inaudible] drift that ravages everything.
with the chinese ship rather we approach it in chinese flagship approached the flag state and basically interdicted sees the vessel and the chinese and they will prosecute and circle back. we enjoy pragmatic relationships with his big competing competition partners both in the arctic region and in places like that. partnerships what i have taken away 35 years here what you get with the coast guard is one of my predecessors the 23rd from set word jurisdiction late multilingual. we can partner with the one vote share organization in santa barbara california and the national intelligence and coast guard wrench turner's and helping to fill the gap as we did transitions. we are a global coast guard which is exciting to me and the
station up on the great lakes ornament the northern call for so partnerships is part of our dna. >> we read in the paper every day about the material readiness [inaudible] and you translate that to the coast guard in terms of challenges? >> from a readiness standpoint last year when i did all the puts and takes and it just wrapped up we wrapped up the equivalent of two cutter siu program art major cutters to ten, 270s to formal legacy and about 185 days so 50% of the year if you look at the navy we programmed more days a year if
you look at it over three year or five. there's 50% employee time. remarkably with the sport of our cd4 engineer and additional support were about 92% availability in that model but last year i lost about two cutters of capability capacity from a readiness standpoint and maintenance standpoint. as a direct correlation to budget. i lost equivalent of five or six annual helicopter because of readiness. i won't tell you we have a readiness spiral but i will tell you i'm keenly in tune with service readiness and that's why it's my number one priority. if we don't get ingestion or injection of cash on that open aside we will start making choices. my commitment is to deliver that ready coast guard to the secretary the combatant commanders but if i get to the
point that i'm not putting ships out there safe or rotary we will have to make choices. our targeted aviation readiness is 72% -- 71% and i just saw the challenge for a nation that moved from forget the numbers but you talk about being somewhere in the sub 50 range for aviation, tactical assets to get that up to 80%. big trunk and were doing and aviation assets close to 71% but we need help in terms of operating dollars to sustain that base. the link were at a tipping point right now but if the demand signal keeps increasing estate study were not able to push into that and we will have to make choices. >> dan holloway, [inaudible] [inaudible]
>> yeah, from a coast guard contribution or are you talkin talking -- >> i was a in the atlantic and north atlantic we are watching at and it's clear why the second fleet came back after being away for a few short number of years. we talk a lot in recent years my predecessors talk about the north pacific coast guard and that brings in the china and russia and collaboration of folks doing things that you were not necessarily think we have the collaboration and we talked about that. we have a north lancet coast guard and the first time the coast guard will hold separate i would say we have not been that active in that collaboration in recent years but consistent with the return of the second week -- >> the u.s. senate is about to goblin to start work on criminal justice legislation. we believe this year.