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Bill would elevate Coast Guard to join Joint Chiefs of Staff

The U.S. Coast Guard has been taking up an rising function in nationwide protection, so now there’s a transfer on Capitol Hill to have its commandant be a full voting member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Rep. Charlie Crist, Florida Democrat, and Rep. Steven Palazzo, Mississippi Republican, have launched laws that would add the commandant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff together with the opposite service chiefs and the four-star head of the National Guard Bureau.

“While the U.S. Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security, its work with the Pentagon is constantly growing,” mentioned Mr. Palazzo. “The Coast Guard plays a very important role in our national defense strategy and it is past time they have an equal role when it comes to advising the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council.”

Maritime safety is nationwide safety, Adm. Karl Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard, mentioned on March 11 throughout his annual State of the Coast Guard tackle.

“The demand for Coast Guard capabilities is increasing both domestically and in support of [Department of Defense] combatant commanders and American embassies around the world,” he mentioned.

Like the opposite U.S. navy companies, the Coast Guard is focusing extra consideration on the Indo-Pacific area — and China particularly. “We’re doubling down with operations and engagements with like-minded nations,” Adm. Schultz mentioned.

Adding the Coast Guard to the Joint Chiefs of Staff will “reinforce the value” of the service to the nation’s protection and convey it extra according to the remaining of the armed forces, mentioned Mr. Crist.

On Tuesday, a spokesman on the Pentagon declined to touch upon the “pending legislation.”

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