The Coast Guard marked a major milestone July 13, 2007 with the establishment of a new, consolidated Acquisition Directorate (CG-9). The new organization had begun to take shape in 2006, when then-Commandant Adm. Thad Allen directed the establishment of CG-9 as one of his 10 visionary transformation initiatives for the Coast Guard.
Under the new organization, programs from the legacy Coast Guard acquisition directorate and the Integrated Deepwater System program were brought together under a single executive authority. The new directorate also brought together the Office of Procurement Management; the Office of Research, Development and Technical Management; the Research and Development Center; and the Head of Contracting Activity. Together, these offices helped to establish the foundation for a full-service acquisition and procurement management organization.
Today, the Acquisition Directorate manages an investment portfolio worth approximately $1 billion annually. Several of the service’s recapitalization projects already have provided significant value to the Coast Guard. Some of the directorate’s successes include: