UPDATED: Admiral Allen to testify on Coast Guard budget

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(File photo provided by Barry Bahler, DHS)
(File photo provided by Barry Bahler, DHS)

Tomorrow morning, Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, will testify about the service’s fiscal year 2011 (FY2011) budget request before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The Commandant will be joined by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Skip Bowen at the hearing.

During his State of the Coast Guard address earlier this month, Admiral Allen made the following remarks on the FY2011 budget request:

“As Commandant, I supported this budget as it has provided me the flexibility, and the Coast Guard the flexibility, to continue our recapitalization needs. Collectively, the presonnel reductions, decommissioned units and recapitlazing funding reflect hard choices, choices that best position the Coast Guard to optimize our performance and protect the nation within the funding provided and still replace aging cutters and aircraft. Our intent is to manage current operations as funded in order to sustain our recapitalization program. The President’s budget does this. This represents the best way forward in a constrained funding level.”

The Commandant also discussed the FY2011 budget request a recent blogger’s roundtable. Click here to listen to or read the transcript from the discussion.

To follow the hearing live, go to the House Transportation Committee’s website at 10am by clicking here. You can also follow live Tweets of Admiral Allen’s testimony on the iCommandant Twitter account by clicking here or by searching #cgbudget.

Click here for a fact sheet on the Coast Guard’s FY2011 budget request and here for the Coast Guard’s 2010 Posture Statement which includes a detailed outlook on the FY2011 budget.

UPDATE: Click here to read the written testimony submitted by Admiral Allen, here for Master Chief Bowen’s testimony, and here to watch video of the hearing.

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