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WIN 2016-2017

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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needs, protect the environment and people, account for indigenous communities, responsibly manage resources, support scientific research, and strengthen international cooperation on a wide range of issues. The diminishing sea ice has increased access to Arctic sea routes and to the extensive Arctic continental shelves, some of the largest unexplored prospective areas for petroleum and other undersea resources on earth. Increased maritime activity in the Arctic sea routes in or adjacent to U.S. waters, including com- mercial shipping (passenger and cargo), energy exploration and exploitation, and recreational activities, will increase the risk of major environmental incidents. These can lead to potentially seri- ous consequences for indigenous communities and ecosystems. Additionally, the remote and harsh nature of the Arctic, the lack of infrastructure (including ports, navigational aids, reliable hydro- graphic data, and communications), and the lack of consistent domain awareness systems creates a challenging situation for incident management. The Coast Guard and Navy are fully committed to supporting national interests and enhancing safety and security in this changing Arctic. Our strategies are supportive of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR), which includes the desire for an Arctic region where economic and energy resources are developed in a sustainable manner. A shared priority to maintain and employ firmly established relationships with all stakeholders, including indigenous populations, and to continue their inclusion as a respected entity in decisions that affect the well-being of local communities, will ensure long-term suc- cess across a full spectrum of regional priorities. S&BP: Any other mission energy goals that USCG is addressing going forward in 2017? VADM Ray: Since we have already addressed routine Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) at a majority of our facilities, we must now look at more holistic retrofits, such as the leveraging of alternatively-financed contracts to execute base-wide projects. New projects will approach systems and sites previously considered infeasible, and will look to target large-scale renewable projects at key locations. We have implemented projects on sites that consume more than 55% of the total CG facility energy and have started to reexamine previous sites. For example, we are developing a new project at the CG Academy in New London, CT, that revisits the previously too expensive Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and fuel conversion. Master planning is key to the development and sustainment of alternatively financed projects, enabling the CG to adjust renewable power and correctly prioritize and locate resiliency improvements. When developing energy projects, we always look to leverage the planned civil engineering program to find synergies, such as adding photovoltaic solar to new roofs or allowing for the expansion of energy systems in the construction of new facilities. We are also pursuing the basic tenants of the National Net-Zero Initiative, using micro-grid and resiliency studies to better inform the installation and integration of additional renewable energy. By expanding renewable energy deploy- ment, we hope to make increased progress toward Net-Zero facilities. NOTE: National Net-Zero Initiative comes from Executive Order 13693: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade Hoist Training A Coast Guardsman tends the line of a hoist basket lowered by the aircrew of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter onboard the response boat-medium during rescue hoist training in Port Valdez, Alaska. The helicopter crew is assigned to Coast Guard Forward Operating Location Cordova. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough) OPERATIONS UPDATE USCG FLEET OPS www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 6 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | Winter 2016/2017

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