A couple of interesting items from over at the CG Blog.
First, they discuss this story at the Economist about economic and other effects of diminishing Arctic Sea ice. Considering that this past summer had one of the lowest sea ice covers on record, this is going to become a very important strategic as well as environmental issue. BTW it all relates to the Coast Guard because the CG is America's primary maritime presence in polar regions.
The other story relates to an opportunity to get some new cutters at a bargain. The problem I see is getting Congress to act quickly on this opportunity to save the taxpayers some money.