does not define the Mission Analysis process specifically. To fully understand Mission
Analysis a definition is needed. Mission Analysis is the continuous, iterative analysis of
assigned mission responsibilities to identify deficiencies in current and projected
capabilities. The goal is to meet essential needs and identify opportunities for the
enhancement of capability through more effective systems and less costly methods.
Mission Analysis is also a monitoring and assessment activity analyzing Coast Guard
missions, operations, organization, and resource allocation. Mission Analysis is a two-
step process which validates public needs and demands and examines alternative
methods of service delivery. The first step is an integral part of Coast Guard Program
Management and the Planning Process. The second step supports the acquisition
In addition to supporting acquisitions, in TQM terms Mission Analysis helps ensure that
an agency is "doing the right things right." A part of the "right things right" outcome of
the Mission Analysis process should be recommended changes to tactics and doctrine
and proposed changes in governing laws or regulations. Mission Analysis is also in
consonance with reference (b) in that it requires performance measurement and
articulation of program goals.
The Mission Analysis process should include a projection of future demand for mission
performance five, ten, and twenty years into the future. This Demand Projection should
reflect the Commandant's Strategic Agenda and reference pertinent studies initiated by
the Strategic Planning Staff or other organizational elements. It should include both
current and future missions as well as the impact of any technology reasonably expected
to be available. The Demand Projection should be generated using the guidance in
enclosure (1). It should also be validated by customers and references outside the Coast
Guard to the maximum extent possible. Particular attention must be paid to the
documentation and validation of assumptions used in the Demand Projection or other
areas of the Mission Analysis.
The Mission Analysis should also clearly delineate the functional mission requirements
and objectives/ performance standards which should be consistent with current program
descriptions and directions. All components of mission performance must be
considered, including surface platforms, surveillance and information systems, and
aviation support as well as supporting maintenance and training concepts.
The analysis should also include a baseline of current mission performance and asset
capabilities. Finally, the