Written by Lt. Paul Jorgenson.
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper visited Coast Guard headquarters on Dec. 3. Clapper met with Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Rear Adm. Christopher Tomney, assistant commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations, to discuss the role of Coast Guard Intelligence within the national intelligence community. During his visit, Clapper addressed a group of nearly 350 members of the Coast Guard Intelligence workforce at a town hall meeting and met with Coast Guard flag officers during a working lunch.
At the town hall meeting, Clapper spoke about the increasing importance of Coast Guard Intelligence to the national intelligence community.
“You are collecting intelligence in the field and in our ports and have access to information that no one else does,” said Clapper.
He also commented on the value of the new Coast Guard National Security Cutter, citing its capability to collect information to meet national intelligence requirements and expressed his desire to visit one of the Coast Guard’s newest capital ships. Clapper urged the Coast Guard to continue to be his “eyes and ears” in the maritime domain and remarked, for its relative size to other agencies, “Coast Guard Intelligence punches above its weight class.”