The Navy must be able to conduct sustained combat operations on a worldwide scale. It has been given the money to build ships for that purpose, bur it is unlikely that there will be enough people to man all the ships needed. While the Navy can get ships hut not enough people, the Coast Guard can get people, but not enough ships. At least, with its static or shrinking budget the Coast Guard cannot replace its obsolete ships and meet its increasing responsibilities in a timely fashion. Of such asymmetric problems opportunities can be made.
"What the Coast Guard Needs: Cutters that Count,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 36
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol36/iss1/5