From the thesis abstract: "Following the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the passing of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Coast Guard finds itself as one of the largest agencies within this new department and executing a greater role in the development of national maritime policy as it relates to port security, international maritime trade, and protection of natural resources. The increased role has highlighted the necessity for Coast Guard senior leaders to be well equipped to meet these challenges and capable of navigating the waters ahead at the strategic level. With the desired end states of the Coast Guard Maritime Strategy as the foundation for analysis, this paper recommends that Coast Guard Flag Officers will need to be politically savvy, expert in governmental partnering, capable of maintaining a high degree of mental agility, and astutely aware of stewardship concepts necessary to protect the national investment of Coast Guard resources. Recommended future areas of study are provided to improve the Coast Guard's senior leader development."
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