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The U.S. Coast Guard in an Era of Great Power Competition with ADM Linda L. Fagan

October 17, 2023 • 2:30 – 3:30 pm EDT

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Please join the CSIS International Security Program and the U.S. Naval Institute for a Maritime Security Dialogue event featuring ADM Linda L. Fagan, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. ADM Fagan and VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (ret.), chief executive officer and publisher, U.S. Naval Institute, will discuss what role the U.S. Coast Guard may take in the emerging great power competition in the Indo-Pacific and around the world. Other topics of discussion will include operations in the High North and the new Polar Security Cutter; the Coast Guard’s role in the Maritime Transportation System; and recent operations such as the search for the submersible Titan and the response to the 2023 Hawaii Wildfires.

The Maritime Security Dialogue series brings together CSIS and the U.S. Naval Institute, two of the nation's most respected non-partisan institutions. The series highlights the unique challenges facing the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard from national level maritime policy to naval concept development and program design. Given budgetary challenges, technological opportunities, and ongoing strategic adjustments, the nature and employment of U.S. maritime forces are likely to undergo significant change over the next ten to fifteen years. The Maritime Security Dialogue provides an unmatched forum for discussion of these issues with the nation’s maritime leaders.

This event is made possible by support from HII.


ADM Linda L. Fagan, USCG

ADM Linda L. Fagan assumed her post as the 27th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard in June of 2022. She is the first woman appointed to the position, and the first female service chief in the nation’s history. As Commandant, ADM Fagan oversees a force of close to 50,000 active duty and reserve personnel operating domestically and around the world.

Before taking the role of commandant, ADM Fagan served as Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. Her previous flag assignments have included Pacific Area Commander; Deputy Commandant for Operations, Policy, and Capability; Commander of the First District; and Deputy Director of Operations for USNORTHCOM. She holds the distinction of being the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, recognizing the longest serving active-duty Marine Safety Officer in the fleet, and has served on all seven continents.

Admiral Fagan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, and a Master in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, now known as the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.


Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program