The Civil Air Patrol has completed a reorganization of its command structure and its top officer says that means CAP will be even better equipped to complete its increasingly diverse missions. In a podcast interview, Brig. Gen. Rich Anderson, chairman of the board of governors, said the more streamlined structure in which areas of responsibility are more clearly defined and responsive to the needs of staff and volunteers will help CAP meet the double-edged sword of tight budgets and increasing expectations. In general, the new structure puts the responsibility for policy decisions with the board of governors while operational decisions will rest with the professional and volunteer forces doing the work. "With the wing commanders focused on day-to-day missions, making decisions that are important to the membership, that's where there will be considerable benefit to be realized," Anderson said in a statement.
Anderson said that with cuts looming across the board in government agencies, he expects the role of CAP to be expanded even further. He said he hasn't been told what, if any, added responsibilities are coming but he noted that in recent years CAP resources have been deployed in a variety of military and homeland security support roles. For instance, CAP pilots and aircraft routinely test the defenses of the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) around Washington. At the same time, he said he expects CAP to face some budget cuts but he does not think they will affect its ability to deliver existing and future services to the military and the public.