The Heritage Foundation will host next week a forum on cargo security entitled Homeland Security and Inspecting Shipping Containers: Debating the Way Forward. Two of Security Debrief’s contributors will participate – former DHS Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson, who is also now head of the Safe Commerce Coalition, and Dr. James Carafano, who is the senior fellow for foreign policy, homeland security and counter-terrorism issues at the Foundation. Below is the logistical information.

You can RSVP for the Cargo Security Event here.

Homeland Security and Inspecting Shipping Containers: Debating the Way Forward

In 2006, Congress created the Secure Freight Initiative, an initiative test screening all shipping container cargo bound for the United States at a handful of selected ports. Last year Congress passed the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, mandating the inspection of all U.S. bound containers from all overseas ports. This April, the Department of Homeland Security is expected to report to Congress on the status of the Secure Freight Initiative. Now is an ideal time to discuss the potential implications of the report on the future of container security.

Join us as our expert panelists debate how the report should be interpreted, and what must be done to move forward. Panelists include:


James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Assistant Director,
Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation


The Honorable Asa Hutchinson
Safe Commerce Coalition

Brian Goebel
President and CEO,
Sentinel HS Group

Denise Krepp
Senior Counsel,
Majority Staff,
U.S. House of Representatives,
Committee on Homeland Security

Michal Freedhoff, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Associate,
U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA)