Over the past week, the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post
reported the president's budget proposes significant cuts to the U.S.
Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), respectively. The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) issued the following statement in response to the current proposals to reduce Coast Guard and NOAA appropriations.
is concerned about recently proposed budget cuts for the Coast Guard
and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,” said MOAA
President and CEO retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins. “As the
nation's leading voice for commissioned officers for all of the seven
uniformed services, we believe a billion-dollar reduction from the USCG
budget will significantly reduce the capabilities of our nation's armed
maritime security force which handles critical domestic safety, drug
interdiction, and rescue operations.”
“Similarly, a 17-percent cut in NOAA's funding will severely limit
important weather monitoring services that keep citizens, businesses,
and the military safe from extreme weather.
We appreciate the
administration's interest in strengthening our military, but the
programs facing these reported cuts directly support national security.”
In conclusion, Atkins said, “We respectfully request the USCG
and NOAA not be discounted as non-defense agencies; rather, consider
them critical enablers to defense missions with commensurate budgets to
support those missions.”