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  • U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Robert Papp takes (another) round turn.

    Almost three years since assuming command of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral Robert Papp still insists that his service will not be focusing on additional changes – not under his command. The reshuffling of organizational deckchairs, moves towards one side of the mission to another or any other changes to how the Coast Guard operates, are a thing of the past. But, are they really? An April visit with the Commandant, our first in two years, revealed that if the mantra stayed the same, some of the underlying action did not. That’s not to say the Coast Guard is any less ready to respond to security threats or to natural or manmade disasters. What it does mean is that Papp has quietly set the service on a course that values both sides of the Coast Guard mission sets – prevention and response – on equal footing. Along the way, a subtle shift in Arctic strategy has also emerged. Some of that is a function of the ongoing budget battles. The rest, refreshingly, is a new thought process on what’s possible, what’s absolutely necessary and a different way to get it all done. The last part is all Papp. 

    Change
    Papp begins by saying simply, “We are not going to focus on any more changes. We are going to focus on improving ours processes. And lock these down.” The key to improving the Coast Guard, he said, lies in modernizing the support side of the equation – the engineers, the logisticians, the comptrollers. During the steep cuts of the 1990’s, that group had withered away. “That’s why we failed at Deepwater so miserably – we lost our acquisition expertise because we cut the support side. We failed our audit and so we took the support side improvements that had been started under Admiral Allen and we locked that down. We now have a deputy commandant for mission support. What we’ve come up with is a new, responsive, accountable support system.”

    Culture
    Papp talks about external events that, in his words, involve “the pendulum that would swing from one side to the other; depending on what the most recent crisis entailed.” The Exxon Valdez oil spill and the push towards oil spill response, as well as the terrorist attacks of September 11 which necessitated a heavily weighted emphasis to the security aspect of Coast Guard operations are perfect examples. “Some people make the case – the marine industry, in fact – that we had lost our focus on regulatory procedure and inspection. They were right about that and we have brought that back along.”
    Papp also makes reference to the emergence of what he characterizes as “separate and distinct cultures – some would call them silos – within the Coast Guard.” The silos, he insists, only separate the wide range of missions. “What I have tried to do is help the service understand how and why all of these cultures must integrate in order for the Coast Guard to be successful in all of our missions.”
    Papp cites the four missions that came together to form today’s Coast Guard – the revenue cutter service, the lifesaving service, the lighthouse service and the bureau of marine inspection. “We were integrated to give better return on investment to the American people. Buoy tenders are often called upon to break ice or do migrant operations or fishery patrols. If you lose the lighthouse service, for example, you lose that economy of scale.”

    Prevention
    Recalling his proudest moment(s) as Commandant, Papp without hesitation mentions the response to hurricane Sandy. Recognizing those who had flown out and recovered the 14 survivors from the Bounty, and without taking anything away from the heroic rescue itself, he also says, “It dawned on me that those 14 people may have not been saved if Coast Guard regulations did not require them to have survival suits, liferafts or require mariners to be licensed and trained. Those things are just as important as the people who go out into the middle of the night to rescue them.” Furthermore, he said, “The better that we do these prevention/regulatory activities, the less frequently we have to send people out into dangerous situations.”
    With regard to the Coast Guard’s regulatory missions, Papp says flatly, “I find this fascinating. As a ship operator, I wasn’t involved in this aspect of our missions for most of my career. But, these regulations are so important to what we do. It’s not supposed to be fast. The only thing I’ve ever seen go rapidly was security in the wake of 9/11. Some people would say we didn’t get some things right and if so, that’s a function of the speed of that process. We’ve brought more people in to the regulatory process, but more importantly, we are training them. And, we’ve brought our average time span for the regulatory process down from six to four years. We need to listen to everyone and make compromises where necessary. That, by its nature cannot always be speedy. Papp also admits that the consolidation of the Regional Exam Centers to West Virginia to gain efficiencies was a good idea, but that it took too much away from the regional offices. “You still need to have a face out there that people can deal with,” he said, but also insisted, “From my experience, credentialing experiences that I hear about have been more positive and indeed mostly positive.”

    The Arctic
    Admiral Papp has his own approach to the Coast Guard’s Arctic responsibilities. The Commandant is, if not happy, satisfied that he has done what he can. He freely admits that it is more than he had hoped to accomplish when he took command some three years ago. A new Arctic strategy is now in play – now sitting on DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s desk, awaiting action. It is here where Papp diverges from past policy.
    ”The previous study said: you need ‘X’ number of medium and heavy breakers. It is an objective, but we are so far from the objective that it really doesn’t matter. What we need to do is to get a comprehensive national strategy in the Arctic right now. The Coast Guard is going to lead on this. You have to have a strategy before you ask for resources to get the job done. We’ll start getting some other agencies involved, but for me to ask for icebreakers – that won’t get traction – not until we as a nation decide what we want.”
    Papp’s strategy involves measurable goals. “We set the initial goal of getting the Polar Star reactivated. After operational testing, we expect to send Polar Star up to the Arctic sometime early summer while there is still some decent ice up there. After that, we’ve committed to the National Science Foundation to break out Macmurdo in Antarctica.” Along with this, Papp’s wish list included getting the icebreaker money put back into the Coast Guard’s budget (done!) and to make the case for a new icebreaker. “Maybe I set my goals too modestly. The President in the new FY-13 budget approved funds for the design and requirements for the new icebreaker. Congress is now requiring us to do a business analysis to see what can be done with Polar Sea – which we intended to decommission and use for parts. They want to know if it is feasible and economical to activate it. We’re trying to determine that now.”
    According to Papp, the nation needs assured access to assert sovereignty in Arctic waters. But, he says, “Everybody says you have to have icebreakers and (yes) you have to have them when you need access, but human activity only occurs when the ice recedes. You don’t need a single mission hull, you need the national security cutter. This is the optimal resource for conducting operations, because we don’t have shore infrastructure up there. You’ve got a command center on the national security cutter that is superior to any shoreside center and you also have an air station. And you’ve got three boats and crew and all the command and control capabilities that goes along with it.”
    What Papp is unwilling to do is to build Arctic shoreside infrastructure because it is expensive to build and there is not yet any national consensus on the way forward. In the meantime, the Coast Guard will do what it has always done best. “We have mobile, versatile assets that we can move around when the mission is there. The oil companies aren’t going up there until ice recedes, nor are the cruise ships. That’s when we need search and rescue, pollution response, security type operations. There’s going to be winter ice up there for the foreseeable future. That gives us a couple of decades to do seasonal operations and continue to learn and make plans for permanent infrastructure.”

    The “S” Word
    There isn’t anything vague about Bob Papp’s policy when it comes to dealing with sequestration. Papp says simply, “We want to maintain our capability to respond to mission priorities. I have designated those as search and rescue and security operations.” Pressed on what specific missions he might have to cut first, he responded flatly, “I don’t know and I don’t want to advertise to adversaries where we may or may not be putting resources. For instance, if Haitians know there are no Coast Guard cutters out there, we may see more Haitians taking to the sea. To say I am cutting back on one particular mission is not wise. Beyond that, you just don’t know on a day-to-day basis what is going to happen.”

    The Big Picture
    Keeping the recapitalization going is the one thing that keeps Papp awake at night. “We’re hoping to get all eight of the national security cutters built. We need all eight because they are replacing 12 hulls. The new budgets include money for number 6 and lead money to start getting parts for number 7. You’ll have to wait for the FY14 budget, but I can tell you I’m happy with how that is shaping up. Not all the money to do everything I want to do as commandant, but we are getting are most important issues moving forward.” You have to like the guy. It’s all substance; no flash. In other words, the perfect guy for the Coast Guard.


    (As published in the 2Q edition of Maritime Professional - www.maritimeprofessional.com)

     

     

    • USCG Maritime Reporter, Mar 2013 #32

    ADM Bob Papp’s Coast Guard tenure continues to be one of low profile victories, calm leadership and an emphasis on doing what is right for the Coast Guard.   U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered the 2013 State of the Coast Guard (SOCG) Address at the National Defense University at Fort

  • our fourth National Security Cutter, the Hamilton, which will soon join Bertholf, Waesche and Stratton,” said Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp aduring his 2014 State of the Coast Guard address on Feb. 27.  “We will christen our fifth, the James, this summer.  Our sixth, the Munro, is in production

  • that presently applies to claims and resolution of conflicts in the Arctic is the Law of the Sea Convention. As then-U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM Robert Papp, Jr., testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations at a June 12, 2012 hearing, “[t]he Coast Guard needs the Convention to ensure America’s

  • Guard’s rulemaking role is anything but dormant. With as many as 68 rulemaking efforts underway as of December 31, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM Robert Papp has a lot to clear off his desk before he passes the baton to his as yet unnamed successor. For example, inland stakeholders hope that the long awaited

  • story starts on page 32. Today, as many of you are well aware, the Coast Guard continues its evolution under the guidance of USCG Commandant Admiral Bob Papp, who just a few days ago delivered his final “State of the Coast Guard” address. As Edward Lundquist reports starting on page 28, the Coast Guard

  • The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral Bob Papp, Jr. spoke of the Arctic as an emerging frontier during the 2013 State of the Coast Guard Address in February 2013. He said, “… one example of what our future holds can be seen in the emerging frontier of the Arctic, where there is a new

  • FRCs measure 154’ LOA, drawing 9’ 6” in draft and have a range of 2,950 nautical miles. They can carry a crew of 24. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp insists that the Sentinel class is a critical asset, but Papp also said recently that getting all of the National Security Cutters built was one of

  • track record with the government, we are able keep our costs down, while remaining highly responsive to the customer.” U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM Bob Papp, in his Situation Report released in late January said, “We have started the most important acquisition program in our service’s history – the Offshore

  • this can’t speed its final rule along, apparently. Industry stakeholders had high hopes that the rule would be signed off on by former Commandant ADM Bob Papp before he departed last year. No such luck. And, current Coast Guard leadership won’t give a timetable under ADM Zukunft’s tenure. And, so it goes. On

  • systems, we don’t really know what the three design will look like yet. When the contract awards were announced, then-Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp said that The OPC program, “is the most important — not just shipbuilding — but the most important acquisition program that the Coast Guard has done

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    , we don’t really know what the three design will look like yet. When the contract awards were an- nounced, then-Coast Guard Comman- dant Adm. Robert Papp said that The OPC program, “is the most important — not just shipbuilding — but the most important acquisition program that the Coast Guard has

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    many on by former Commandant ADM Bob modern versions that carry the same frustrated at the lack of progress. I have would argue with him on that score, Papp before he departed last year. No safety features as those commonly found some advice for them: they can get in looking out on the water, these kinds

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    defense budget for DARPA for Arctic Domain Awareness programs. The Senate DARPA funding increases raises the valid question, also raised by ADM Papp in talking to reporters fol- lowing his fi nal State of the Coast Guard address in Washington, DC, on February 27, 2014 – who should pay for the

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    applies to claims and resolution of confl icts in the Arctic is the Law of the Sea Convention. As then-U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM Robert Papp, Jr., testifi ed before the Senate Commit- tee on Foreign Relations at a June 12, 2012 hearing, “[t]he Coast Guard needs the Convention to ensure

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    www.maritimeprofessional.com | Maritime Professional | 25He says that this is a ?continuity theme? from his predecessor, explaining, ?Admiral Papp?s legacy will clearly be the national security cutter. But as you look at where our next largest gap is going to be in terms of our capability and capacity

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  • MN Jul-14#54  in May, relieving  Adm. Bob Papp. Zukunft will lead the)
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    and Risk Management. Zukunft New USCG CommandantAdm. Paul F. Zukunft assumed command as the 25th commandant of the Coast Guard in May, relieving Adm. Bob Papp. Zukunft will lead the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security, comprised of 41,700 active duty, 7,800 reserve and 8,300 civilian

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    John Papp Appointed Staff Meteorologist At Fleetweather Tore H. Jakobsen and James F. Witt, owners of Fleetweather, Inc., have announced that John Papp has joined the staff as staff meteorologist. Mr. Papp's respon- sibilities will include preparation and dissemination of in-port and

  • MN Apr-14#54 .S. Coast Guard Commandant  Adm. Papp Delivers Final SOCG Address)
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    Norma Trease, Salamanca Marine, Board Represen- tative. Bob Saxon, International Yacht Collection, is Past President. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Papp Delivers Final SOCG Address U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered his  nal State of the Coast Guard address at Coast Guard Headquarters

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    by Customs and Border Protection and up to 10 by the U.S. Navy.” “We have also received 148 of the 170 Response Boats Medium we’ve or- dered,” said Papp. “They are the most capable response boats in our history. These have also been delivered on time, and on budget.” MR #3 (26-31).indd 31 3/4/2014

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    icebreaker, has returned to active service and recently completed opera- tions in the Antarctic in support of U.S. national security interests,” said Papp. “And we have begun the process of de- veloping and analyzing the requirements to design the nation’s next heavy ice- breaker.” A new icebreaker

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    boat, and will compliment 73 ves- sels of the 87-ft. Marine Protector class. The initial seven FRCs are operating in the Caribbean and off Florida. Papp said the have “become the workhorse of our interdiction operations in the approaches to Florida and Puerto Rico.” Papp said the Coast Guard is

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    our fourth National Security Cutter, the Hamilton, which will soon join Bertholf, Waesche and Stratton,” said Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp aduring his 2014 State of the Coast Guard address on Feb. 27. “We will christen our fi fth, the James, this summer. Our sixth, the Munro,

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    starts on page 32. Today, as many of you are well aware, the Coast Guard continues its evolution under the guidance of USCG Commandant Admiral Bob Papp, who just a few days ago delivered his fi nal “State of the Coast Guard” address. As Edward Lundquist reports starting on page 28, the Coast

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  • MN Feb-14#6  Guard Commandant ADM Robert Papp has a lot to clear off)
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    GuardÕs rulemaking role is anything but dormant. With as many as 68 rulemaking efforts underway as of 31 December, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM Robert Papp has a lot to clear off his desk before he passes the baton to his as yet unnamed successor. For example, inland stakeholders hope that the long awaited

  • MN Jan-14#18  Coast Guard, Admiral Bob Papp, 
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    The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral Bob Papp, Jr. spoke of the Arctic as an emerging frontier during the 2013 State of the Coast Guard Address in February 2013. He said: “… one example of what our future holds can be seen in the emerging frontier of the Arctic, where

  • MN Jan-14#6  the change of 
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    are very few stakeholders, the Coast Guard included, who wouldn’t like to see the subchapter “M” rule fi nalized prior to the change of command in ADM Papp’s c-suite, this spring. That’s anything but a done deal. The new rule, when it comes to pass, will change the way some inland players do business

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    The Arctic Admiral Papp has his own approach to the Coast Guards Arctic responsibilities. The Commandant is, if not happy, satis? ed that he has done what he can. He freely admits that it is more than he had hoped to accomplish when he took command some three years ago. A new Arctic strategy is now in

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    With regard to the Coast Guards regulatory missions, Papp says ? atly, I ? nd this fascinating. As a ship operator, I wasnt involved in this aspect of our missions for most of my career. But, these regulations are so important to what we do. Its not supposed to be fast. The only thing Ive ever