Leaders Speak: Admiral Paul Zukunft, the 25th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s strategic direction, its key priorities, and how it is modernizing to meet today’s demands while preparing for tomorrow.
"What I’m really trying to do is create a change-centric organization that continually adapts to
its environment…An enduring legacy that I would like to leave is that we have [created] a Coast
Guard that was capable of sensing changes in demand and proactive in doing what this country
needs us to do."
"When I talk to the public about science, my rule is: Do not try to impress anybody with how smart
you are. Just be clear. I follow this [principle]: precision of thought and economy of expression.
Know what it is that you want to say, and say it in as few words as possible."
"From our very inception, indeed, the department in which we fit, a top priority has been the prevention
of another terrorist attack on the U.S. From our immediate perspective, that means preventing the entry
of terrorists and others who would do harm to us in the U.S.”