Adm. Paul Zukunft: Coast Guard Needs Final Appropriations for Fiscal 2018

Paul Zukunft

Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, has said the service branch’s acquisitions portfolio that includes new procurement programs would be affected if Congress fails to pass a final appropriations measure for fiscal 2018.

“It’s very difficult in a continuing resolution to get anomalies,” Zukunft told Federal News Radio in an interview published Wednesday.

“If you get an anomaly as one service then you kind of open it up that everyone needs an anomaly.”

He said the service is prepared for another stopgap measure if lawmakers fail to pass a full budget before the current CR expires Jan. 19.

Zukunft also cited programs that need funding under the fiscal 2018 budget and those include the construction of a new heavy icebreaker, equipment maintenance, drones, research and development efforts, cybersecurity and inland fleet maintenance.

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