Rear Admiral (ret.) Craig E. Bone is a former government executive under President George W. Bush, playing a key role in the forwarding of maritime domain awareness works, inter alia the container security initiative and implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act, as part of the wider Global Maritime Intelligence Integration Plan of this administration.
RADM Bone came under heavy criticism for the slow-response and botched clean-up efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard in relation to the Cosco Busan oil spill, an incident whereby an oil tanker ran-into the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge.
An on-site investigation by Members of Congress took place in late 2007, inspired by media reports of the U.S. Coast Guard's slow response to the incident, and subsequent environmental damage resulting from the 58,000 gallon oil spill.
A Hearing was held before the House Infrastructure and Transportation Committee's subcommittee on November 19, 2007the U.S. Coast Guard's response to a 58,000 gallon oil spill on the San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, California. The ten-member Congressional panel, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi., RADM Bone testified before Congress in relation to this event.
National Security Maritime Strategy
The U.S. National Security Maritime Strategy (NSMS) is closely tied to the NSPD-41/HSPD-13 Presidential Directive of 2005.
In his presentation to the House Subcommittee on USCG and Maritime Transportation, RADM Bone presented the Maritime Domain Awareness strategy as “the effective understanding of anything associated with the global maritime domain that could impact the security, safety, economy or environment of the United States.”
RADM Bone worked with U.S. Coast Guard’s area maritime security committees which assessed specific port vulnerabilities and created plans to address those vulnerabilities.57 These plans evaluate the overall susceptibility of marine targets, their use to transport terrorists or terror materials, and their use as potential weapons.
The Global Maritime Intelligence Integration Plan uses existing capabilities to integrate all available intelligence regarding potential threats to U.S. interests in the Maritime Domain.
RADM Bone served the Coast Guard for 31 years, in a series of very senior positions, most recently as Commander of the Eleventh CG District on the Pacific coast. He is the former Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection, directing the agency’s policy and programs for port, vessel and facility maritime safety and security management. He has led the US delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and spearheaded implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act and the development of international commercial vessel safety and security standards. He has served as Captain of the Port and Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection for the ports of New York/New Jersey and Savannah, Georgia as well as a breadth of ship construction and repair experience as a marine inspector serving in US ports and overseas shipyards
A 1977 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Bone began his Coast Guard career as a deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WHEC 715) in Boston, Mass. He entered the marine safety field in 1979 serving in a variety of positions at Marine Safety Offices as well as Washington, D.C., and has served as an overseas Marine Inspector of U.S. flagged vessels under construction and operating in Japan, Singapore, Korea, and Hong Kong.
In 1994, he provided review and analysis support to the Department of Transportation budget and legislative efforts. Following this, he planned and executed all waterside security for the 1996 Olympics and served as the Coast Guard’s 1996 Olympics Deputy Task Force Commander.
Previous posts include services as Captain of the Port New York/New Jersey and Commander of Coast Guard Activities New York. He has also served as Chief, Officer Personnel Management Division, Coast Guard Personnel Command, Washington, D.C. Captain Bone also served as the Office of Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection Chief, Office of Waterways Management, Planning and Policy. Previously Rear Admiral Bone served as the Director of Port Security.
Rear Admiral Bone holds an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Industrial College, and a M.S. in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University.
- Cabinet Page, White House, 2008
- Ask the White House (RADM Bone on USCG)
- National Strategy for Maritime Security (White House page during Bush Administration)
- RADM Bone and James Carafano, Heritage Foundation, discuss SBInet and Maritime Domain Awareness
- RADM Craig Bone biography, U.S. Coast Guard
- Page on the American Board of Shipping website
- RADM Bone Biography on Cabinet Member page of White House, 2008
- White House Webpage "Ask the White House", Topic U.S. Coast Guard.
- Statement of Rear Admiral Craig Bone On The Maritime Transportation Security Act , Implementation Before The Coast Guard And Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, U. S. House Of Representatives, June 29, 2005 (Department of Homeland Security U. S. Coast Guard)
- [Admiral Bone Responds to Criticism, GCaptain, November 30, 2007 ]
- Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts Continue in San Francisco Area, Salem News, Nov. 13, 2007
- Feinstein Blasts Response To Oil Spill, SFGate.com, November 11, 2007
- House Holds Field Hearing On Bay Area Oil Spill, November 7. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
- Coast Guard: Those on ship to blame for spill, Nov. 20, 2012
- Statement of Admiral Craig E. Bone, 11th District Commander on The M/V Cosco Busan Spill Response Before The Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure U. S. House of Representatives, 19 November 2007 (Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Coast Guard). From San Francisco USCG Website.
- Rear Admiral Craig E. Bone's Statement Before Subcommittee (U.S. Coast Guard Press Release, Nov. 20, 2007
- Sea Piracy In Southeast Asia: Implications For Countering Maritime Terrorism In The United States, Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, California, June 2006
- Marine Security of Hazardous Chemical Cargo, CRS Report for Congress. August 26, 2005
- Global Maritime Intelligence Integration Plan For the National Strategy For Maritime Security, Federation of American Scientists, October 2005