Video: Excerpts from ADM Allen’s speech to the Surface Naval Association

Arlington, Va. - Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen, keynoted at the Surface Navy Association (SNA) National Symposium speaking on the theme "Surface Navy: A Balanced Force for the Hybrid War" Jan. 13, 2010. Allen highlighted how the U.S. Coast Guard supports the "Hybrid War" through international engagement efforts, foreign partner training, bi-lateral agreements and focus on challenges including small vessel security. Allen also noted the importance of global and regional maritime security regimes as well as the multiple layers required for an effective strategy. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Victoria A. Bonk-Meyers

Arlington, Va. - Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen, keynoted at the Surface Navy Association (SNA) National Symposium speaking on the theme "Surface Navy: A Balanced Force for the Hybrid War". (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Victoria A. Bonk-Meyers)

Yesterday, Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivered a keynote speech to the Surface Naval Association on the occasion of The theme for this year’s event was “Surface Navy: A Balanced Force for the Hybrid War”.

During his remarks, Admiral Allen highlighted the need to operationalize the Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower with our Navy and Marine Corps partners; develop adequate maritime security regimes to deal with hybrid threats like small vessel security, increased human activity in the Arctic, and maritime terrorism. The Commandant also outlined some of the current challenges facing the Coast Guard including operating as the entire federal government faces a constrained budget environment while maintaining top priorities including recapitalizing the service’s aging fleet while managing operational risks across the entire mission spectrum.

Click here to view excerpts from Admiral Allen’s speech on YouTube or click here to watch Admiral Allen’s keynote address in it’s entirety.

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