Garamendi Advocates ‘Blue Technology’ for Coast Guard, Maritime Stakeholders
WASHINGTON — Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Transportation Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittee, held a hearing alongside Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., on “blue technology” that could improve efficiency and mission performance for both the Coast Guard and other maritime stakeholders, Garamendi said in a May 11 release.
“This hearing was long overdue,” Garamendi said. “These emerging maritime technologies, which are already spurring substantial growth in the global ocean economy, have the potential to transform maritime infrastructure, information systems, and environmental stewardship for the Coast Guard and other maritime industries. Our allies and adversaries alike have been turning their attention to innovations in maritime technologies, and it is vital for the Coast Guard to fully understand the capabilities and complexities of these emerging systems.
“The Coast Guard has a vital role as the nation’s only multimission, military maritime law enforcement agency,” he said. “Our subcommittee will use what we learned today to ensure that the Coast Guard receives the support and directives it needs to take advantage of emerging blue technologies to accomplish its missions with maximum efficiency, safety, and environmental care.”