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Coast Guard pleads for Deepwater funds.

Senior Coast Guard officials are lobbying Congress for patience and generosity concerning the Deepwater program, and stress that the ambitious modernization modernization

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 effort is key in executing anti-narcotics missions.

"The Coast Guard must obtain and field the latest technologies and develop new techniques to counter this ever changing threat," said Rear Adm. Dennis Sirois, the Coast Guard's assistant commandant for operations. "For example, we are developing an initiative to deny the critical use of offshore refueling vessels to the go-fasts."

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, Sirois described congressional calls to reduce Deepwater funding as "troubling."

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 appropriations bill reduces Deepwater funding to $500 million; the Senate version reduces it to $905.6 million.

"If held to a $500 million funding level, the Coast Guard cannot complete necessary legacy asset sustainment," he said. "Any reduction in Deepwater funding jeopardizes the Coast Guard's integrated recapitalization Recapitalization

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Companies often want to diversify their debt-to-equity ratio to improve liquidity.

Deepwater's plan is to build or upgrade Coast Guard ships and planes so their information can be integrated into one common operating picture. Those assets will take advantage of advanced unmanned vehicle and sensor technology.

The advanced detection platforms and equipment of Deepwater will be necessary for interdicting smugglers in enough numbers to make a difference, Sirois said. Currently, most operations are dependant on Adj. 1. dependant on - determined by conditions or circumstances that follow; "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
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 limited patrol aircraft and collected intelligence to find smugglers.

The abbreviated funding levels being discussed in Congress will result in an operational capacity that "will go away faster than it can be replaced and this resource problem will persist," Sirois said. "We are working our assets and our crews harder than ever, and the wear is beginning to show."
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Title Annotation:SECURITY BEAT: Homeland Defense Briefs
Author:Pappalardo, Joe
Publication:National Defense
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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