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Admiral Karl L. Schultz

Commandant of the Coast Guard

Karl Leo Schultz is a native of East Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a B.S. in civil engineering, and earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut. He also completed a National Security Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government.

He has commanded three cutters and has also been commander of the Miami Sector of the Coast Guard. He commanded the Coast Guard Defense Force East, and Coast Guard Atlantic Area. He oversaw Coast Guard rescue and recovery efforts for hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate. He has been active in the Global War on Terrorism, and with the September 11 attacks.

In March 2018, he was nominated by President Donald Trump to the position of Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. His nomination and promotion to admiral was confirmed by a voice vote in the U.S. Senate, and he assumed his duties in June 2018.

In the News

A recent and somewhat mysterious operation in the Arctic was part of the U.S. military’s gradual growth in the Arctic as it grapples with the effects of melting polar ice and Russia’s and China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.

The slowly-evolving plan has included stationing more fighter jets in Alaska, expanding partnerships with Nordic militaries, increasing cold-weather training, and designing a new class of icebreaker ship for the Coast Guard that could be armed. The plan is expected to take greater shape by the end of the year.

Russia has more than 40 icebreakers; the U.S. military has two working ones. China, meanwhile, is building a third polar icebreaker and has staked a claim this year as a “near-Arctic” state, further injecting itself into policy debates.

The new Coast Guard strategy would follow the national defense strategy released by Defense Secretary James Mattis in January that made countering Russia and China a priority. Both nations have shown interest in Arctic resources as the ice melts, including fossil fuels, diamonds, and metals like nickel and platinum.