Well, the Stingray sounds good. After all, if it needs a Bradley just to carry it, imagine how well that justifies a whole new generation of rescue
copters. Can anyone say "Sky Queen" ?
The TSA doesn't have to catch anyone. That's not their job. Rather, they are a dog and pony show, better known in milspeak as "psyops" designed to make the public FEEL safe. Unfortunately, that reduces actual safety
by pretending the dangers don't exist, or are contained, so no one really attends to the dangers. Which in turn could be seen as both treason (for deceptively and intentionally letting the dangers fester) and domestic terrorism, for scaring the public with groundless alerts and closures.
Like the Pakistani woman in a W. Va. airport
bound for Philly, was it? About five years ago, airport
closed, woman detained, supposedly her water
bottle contained explosives. Big national nooze, but the next day when the FBI labs tested the bottle...a great lack of further information was found, all the FBI could tell was that there had been water in it. And for that, airports were closed?
If the USCG ran like the TSA, we would be required to buy unsinkable boats, and every boat would get that status along with a small note saying "just don't take it off the jackstands or this is void". What sailor hasn't noticed how easy it is to come and go, day or night, in all sorts of places with no supervision.
Donald T. is going to need to teach a lot of Mexicans to swim, if he wants to build that wall high enough and far north enough to keep everyone out. Then we'll just have to make sure we don't anger the Canadians. (sigh)
Moving the USCG "back" to the DoD (I'd argue they were never there to being with, except in time of war) would be counterproductive. The USCG legally would be prevented from most of its operations if it were a military agency. When the USCG is on military status, you can tell them "Sod off, I'm not under military chain of command or control" and go on your own way. But as long as they are an administrative agency--you have to obey "officer friendly".
There are very good basic reasons why no one in Congress, or the USCG, wants to see that role change. Soldiers
in ships? We've already got that, it is called the USN. And their favorite cargo, the Marine