Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Coast Guard Activities

Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Coast Guard Activities At A Glance

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Through the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard provides training and technical assistance to U.S. government agencies or foreign nationals on topics ranging from maritime law enforcement to port security.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is under the jurisdiction of Department of Homeland Security, and it is permitted to assist other federal agencies through the provision of training and technical assistance, including the Departments of State and Defense. Training topics include maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, port security and marine safety. Since the Coast Guard does not have the independent authority to conduct this training, funding is provided under other programs (e.g. Anti-Terrorism Assistance, INL programs, Cooperative Threat Reduction programs, IMET and the FMF program, among others). Foreign countries may also use their own resources to purchase training through the Foreign Military Sales program governed by the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. Section 195, Title 14 of U.S. Code authorizes the President to designate foreign nationals to receive instruction at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), with the permission of the Secretary of Defense and the respective department in which the Coast Guard is operating. The number of foreign cadets may not exceed 36 at any given time. Foreign exchange with Coast Guard training aims to enhance international relationships with global maritime allies.

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