"In 'Small Navies and Network-Centric Warfare' ('Naval War College Review', Spring 2003, pp. 1--16), Paul T. Mitchell asked if there is a place for small navies in the world of network-centric warfare. From my perspective as the program executive officer for the U.S. Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System (IDS), the answer is a resounding 'Yes!' The price of admission, however, is a network-centric system for C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance), modern air and surface platforms, and a well-established relationship with the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Coast Guard's experience in addressing the urgent need to recapitalize its inventory of patrol boats, cutters, aircraft, and supporting systems to meet twenty-first-century operational requirements is instructive. Our situation today bears a striking resemblance to conditions faced by many navies around the world. With an average age of more than thirty years, the Coast Guard's fleet of high and medium-endurance cutters is older than all but two of the thirty-nine worldwide fleets of similar size and mission. This aging and increasingly obsolete inventory of aircraft, cutters, and systems jeopardizes the service's future ability to perform its multiple missions in such areas as maritime homeland security, national defense, the marine environment, and maritime safety."
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Naval War College Review (Winter 2004), v. 57 no. 1, p. 95-101