"With more than 218 years of service to the Nation, the Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime organization that promotes safety and safeguards U.S. economic and security interests throughout the maritime environment. As one of the five Armed Services of the United States, it is the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Coast Guard employs an adaptive and responsive operating model throughout the Nation and the world to balance maritime risk. Coast Guard field commanders continually identify and reassess external trends in the geostrategic environment and allocate geographically-based resources to remain responsive to the needs of the public and its partners. The FY 2010 Posture Statement articulates major trends and characteristics that affect the Coast Guard's geostrategic environment. This discussion, found in Section II, is informed directly by field commanders who make risk-based decisions every day to ensure resources are allocated to highest order needs. This discussion also provides insight into an array of issues that can be studied further to advance objectives of homeland security policy, marine transportation and safety, and counterterrorism. The Coast Guard uses its versatile military, law enforcement, and regulatory authorities to manage risks in the maritime environment. Coast Guard modernization will improve mission execution through the standardization and alignment of business processes within the Coast Guard and integration of these processes with DHS systems."
United States Coast Guard: http://www.uscg.mil/