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Last summer, over 95 vital systems of the US Coast Guard went offline for several days due to a server malfunction, preventing servicemembers from performing basic tasks. In a move to keep up with current threats, the service is revolutionizing its cybersecurity and data management capabilities.

The sea service needs to bring its IT equipment up to industry standards. The modernization blueprint, called the Tech Revolution Road Map, seeks to bring the service’s information technology apparatus into the 21st century. 

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said this would reduce the risk of future critical failures and address the long-term problem of deferred maintenance.

Some mid- to long-term goals for the next two to three years include: implementing next-generation commercial satellite communications; enhancing network security and modernizing cyber defense tools; and implementing electronic health records, cites a fact sheet released by the service.

They also include expanding cyber incident responses, implementing next-generation commercial satellite communications, and recapitalizing high frequency/very high frequency radios.

Additionally, the service wants to create electronic official military personnel files, pilot artificial intelligence/robotic process automation and replace its learning management system.

In the next year, the Coast Guard hopes to promote its data strategy, increase its internet speed for cloud access, upgrade to 4G connectivity, increase its coverage area and double the connectivity of its cutters.

The modernization plan outlined in the blueprint is divided into five topic areas: cutter connectivity; C5I infrastructure; cyber readiness; software, mobility and cloud; and data for decisions.