TARGETED STRATEGIC SOLUTION The US Coast Guard (USCG) had a problem: a major class of ships – 378 cutters – had long served the Coast Guard well but was due for replacement. However, procurement of the 378s’ replacement had been delayed, and repairs to the aging vessels were becoming increasingly difficult, costly, and often impossible — seriously threatening mission capability.

Commander, Coast Guard, Pacific Area was charged with ensuring that USCG could meet its mission commitments while awaiting the replacements ships. Under his direction, ELG helped develop and implement a strategy and execution discipline for aligning financial and manpower resources to match capabilities to missions. The resulting cascade of precise accountabilities bought the time required for acquisition of the new cutter class. No missions were sacrificed while awaiting the new class of ships.