"Many changes and trends in the maritime region will dramatically affect American citizens, friends, and interests in the 21st century. These trends have been identified from environmental scans, demographic forecasts, maritime commerce and transportation forecasts, and national security assessments. On the basis of these and other insightful studies, the Coast Guard believes that there will be no major changes to its traditional roles and missions. Rather, mission emphasis will shift based on changing national priorities. Future pressures on the Nation's maritime region will increase demand for Coast Guard services. It will be a major challenge to maintain excellent service to America. Austere budgets and a workforce that will remain fairly constant in numbers will constrain the Coast Guard's capacity to handle elevated operational tempos. The Coast Guard will take full advantage of evolving opportunities - especially new technologies and quality management - to meet these challenges."
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