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We devote this issue of Proceedings to those who assume, as their core mission, responsibility for all- hazards response. Skillfully preparing for and responding to disasters of all kinds — from oil spills and hazardous material releases to mass casualties — requires a diverse, robust, engaged, and prof cient team. Those who comprise our National Response System are proactive in thinking strategically, initiating informed policy, honing and applying intelligent on-the-ground tactics, training continually, stocking and maintaining essential specialized equipment, operating in interagency and international environ- ments, drafting and preserving careful documentation, and much more, all while carefully navigating complicated legal, f scal, political, and public-relations realities. As I write, we are deploying members of the Pacif c Strike Team to Bangladesh to assist authorities there in responding to a signif cant heavy fuel oil spill impacting the Sundarbans, a site renowned for its remarkable biodiversity, which is now endangered. This, unfortunately, is not an exceptional case. It merely serves as one example of how we deploy National Strike Force personnel on a regular basis. Each strike team member averages 160 deployment days per year, in support of national and international crisis response operations. In another case, we detailed an industrial hygienist to the DHS Off ce of Health Affairs to assist with the Ebola outbreak. These deployments require an enormous amount of col- laboration and coordination, and are vitally important to cultivating and sustaining a healthy National Response System that is critical to ensuring national security and our collective economic well-being. Certain emerging realities highlight the demand for our all-hazards capabilities and the criticality of preparing for and executing all-hazards response operations. The contemporary boom in North American crude oil and natural gas production, for example, will stress marine transportation systems already faced with aging infrastructure, minimal recapitalization, and a general lack of investment. With increased vessel traff c and congestion on our waterways, we must anticipate some increase in dis- charges, spills, groundings, and other accidents. Swelling populations, typically densely clustered along coastal shorelines, are especially vulnerable to severe weather. Hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis, and other disastrous natural events devastate communities, bring about catastrophic loss of life, and damage key infrastructure. International political tensions can spark armed conf ict, increasingly asymmetric and unconventional in nature, as well as violence by terrorist organizations or lone actors; nefarious intent carries with it potential use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive devices. The aforementioned challenges represent the proverbial tip of the iceberg to which those who make up the National Response System — operators and support staff alike — devote their time and attention in full. Our service motto of Semper Paratus resonates across the full spectrum of potential events. To this end, and at the direction of the Commandant, the Deputy Commandant for Operations and U.S. Coast Guard headquarters staff are diligently working on a Climate Change Strategy and an Energy Renaissance Action Plan. These documents will complement existing guidance, such as the Western Hemisphere Strategy, and provide important direction and prioritization for programmatic and f eld- level response efforts. This issue of Proceedings provides an in-depth understanding of the historical accomplishments, cur- rent challenges, and future work in the dynamic world of incident management and crisis response. I strongly encourage you to take away from this insightful and intriguing issue an understanding that the safety and security of our citizenry, environment, and economy depend upon, at least in part, the comprehensive initiatives of interagency, Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Coast Guard national responders. 4 Proceedings Spring 2015 www.uscg.mil/proceedings Admiral Paul F. Zukunft Commandant U.S. Coast Guard The Marine Safety & Security Council of the United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Steven D. Poulin Judge Advocate General Chairman Mr. Jeffrey G. Lantz Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards Member Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown Assistant Commandant for Response Policy Member Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Member Rear Admiral Todd A. Sokalzuk Assistant Commandant for Resources, Chief Financial Off cer Member Rear Admiral Peter W. Gautier Director for Governmental and Public Affairs Member Captain Jonathan C. Burton Director of Inspections and Compliance Member Mr. William R. Grawe (Acting) Director of National Pollution Funds Center Member Mr. Gary C. Rasicot Director of Marine Transportation Systems Management Member Ms. Mary E. Landry Director of Incident Management and Preparedness Policy Member Mr. Michael W. Mumbach Executive Secretary Assistant Commandant's Perspective by reAr AdMirAl Peter J. BroWn U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Response Policy