Coast Guard

  • Facebook to the Rescue?

    The Coast Guard is trying out its sea legs with a social networking Website to improve communications. The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue system (Amver) is a computer-based search and rescue program that helps distressed…

  • House Homeland Security Committee

    Republicans on the the House Homeland Security Committee are concerned over the removal of several specific areas from the committee’s oversight plan. The Democrats detailed some of their agenda Wednesday during a business meeting. Several…

  • Coast Guard goes blogospheric

    The world of YouTube and blogs is making its mark on federal public relations departments. The Coast Guard, for example, has started taking its news directly to bloggers, hosting roundtable discussions normally reserved for broadcast,…

  • Agencies trying to find balance between Web 2.0, cybersecurity

    Coast Guard wants to set up separate network to use social media sites. CIO Council looking at cybersecurity implications of these tools.

  • Military academies are looking for leadership of the future

    The 2010 academy nomination season now is open. We get details from Captain Eric Brown, Assistant Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

  • USCG portal keeping tabs on oil spill

    A Coast Guard portal has been busy keeping pace with response efforts since the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20.

  • U.S. Navy symposium confronts sexual assaut

    WFED’s Max Cacas reports.

  • Ship Anchorage Site to Inspect and Decontaminate Gulf Ships

    The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration – with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy – has started to survey a new ship anchorage site at the mouth of the Mississippi River in the Gulf of Mexico – for ships to undergo inspection and oil decontamination before entering ports.

    Shipping vessels are currently facing increasing time delays and other challenges as they try to avoid the oil slicks caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

    A magnetometer survey of a proposed alternate anchorage site would ensure the safety of ships, their crews, and the marine environment by making sure that there are no buried pipelines in the proposed area that would be ruptured by ships lowering their anchors.

    Maritime commerce is important farmers especially, who need to export their crops through Gulf ports, as do the millions of retail outlets nationwide that rely on a constant flow of imports.

  • Navy Blamed for Fatal Midair Crash

    A failure by Navy air traffic controllers to follow standard procedures contributed to a midair collision that killed seven Coast Guard members and two Marines off Southern California last year, according to a Coast Guard report released Tuesday. The Associated Press says controllers at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, near San Diego, failed to notify the pilot of a Coast Guard C-130 plane that four Marine helicopters were in the area. The Marine flyers were also unaware of the Coast Guard plane’s presence. The report said there is no single reason or person to blame for the crash on the night of Oct. 29, 2009. It made a series of recommendations to improve safety in the largely unregulated airspace.

  • Allen on his Coast Guard service, Gulf Coast oil spill

    Adm. Thad Allen is one of the most widely praised feds for his work during the Gulf Oil Spill. Recently retired, he joined the DorobekINSIDER to discuss the Coast Guard response to the spill and his time in office.