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I am honored and pleased to serve as the Flag sponsor for the Western Hemisphere Strat- egy issue of Coast Guard Proceedings. During the past year, the Coast Guard has engaged an exceptional array of partners and stakeholders to develop a f rst-of-its-kind regional Coast Guard strategy for the Western Hemisphere. Much like the Coast Guard Arctic Strategy, released in 2013, the Western Hemisphere Strategy takes a regionally focused look at specif c challenges for our nation and our partners and allies and proposes clear strategic priorities to guide our service's efforts in the coming decade. Our nation has always recognized and prioritized the security and stability of the West- ern Hemisphere, a region characterized by dramatic human progress and increasing prosperity, as well as by ever-evolving threats that pose signif cant risks to hemispheric security. As global demands strain national security and defense resources, the Coast Guard will assume an even more critical role in safeguarding our interests in areas closer to our shores. I have witnessed f rsthand the nature of the challenges associated with this dynamic environment as a cutterman serving on major cutters and patrol boats in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, as the Director of Joint Interagency Task Force South, and most recently as the Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area. The rise and convergence of transnational organized crime and terrorists; alarming trends in illicit maritime, communication, and intelligence capabilities; globalization; cyber threats; and the rising economic and human impact of natural disasters represent some of our greatest challenges in the years ahead. The Western Hemisphere Strategy emphasizes agile knowledge and risk-based response and adaptation to the threats and challenges that pose the greatest risks to maritime secu- rity and, by extension, our national prosperity. It establishes three innovative strategic priorities for the Coast Guard in the next 10 years — combating networks, securing bor- ders, and safeguarding commerce. Recognizing the enduring nature of the task ahead, the strategy also outlines numerous critical enabling factors essential to our shared success. Many of these enabling factors place a strong emphasis on unity of effort and building partnerships across public and private sectors, states, agencies, and nations. The Western Hemisphere has always been — and will remain — the primary operating area for the U.S. Coast Guard. It is where the Coast Guard expends the vast majority of its efforts and resources to ensure the safety, security, and stewardship of our nation's waters. As we progress into a new century of opportunity in this vibrant region, we will remain always ready to meet and overcome both the persistent and emerging challenges that lie ahead. 4 Proceedings Fall 2014 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 Ms. Ellen Engleman Conners (Acting) 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 Deputy Commandant's Perspective by Vice aDMiral charles D. Michel U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations