Maritime and Seaport Security

Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers Civilians Training

“Students will be able to assume leadership roles within their community and take those skills and training into the workforce or military upon their graduation, or even stay within the Auxiliary,” he said.

Thad Allen, the Joplin Tornado & a New Resilience

Earlier this month, I was at Rutgers University and fortunate to hear retired U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen speak at the 2nd annual Maritime Risk Symposium. In his address, Adm. Allen developed a theme in discussing resilience that I believe bears greater and deeper discussion. He discussed the Joplin, Missouri, tornado devastation this past spring. At the center of this lesson is a school teacher – it is the story of Dr. C.J. Huff, the young teacher-turned-school superintendent who demonstrated resilience in practice.

Former DHS Press Chief Defends Respose to Gulf Oil Spill

Sean Smith: Ink Spill: Inside the Battle to Shape the News Coverage of Last Year’s Oil Gusher One year ago on Friday, the runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was capped, ending one of the longest-running and most popular reality news shows in American history. At the time I was the Assistant Secretary […]

The Coast Guard's Arctic Agenda Heats Up

“FEMA will not save you,” said Michael Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Coast Guard Blues – Spending Cuts Threaten Mission Capability

No part of the federal government is more at risk in Washington’s mindless approach to budget cutting than the U.S. Coast Guard. By every responsible measure, the service is blinking red when it comes to the challenge of matching vital missions to capability. Yet, Congress appears ready to gut the service to preserve funding for “pork barrel” grants. No wonder the Coast Guard is singing the blues.

Napolitano Quashes 100 Percent Screening for Maritime Cargo

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the United States is no longer going to screen every cargo container before it enters the United States

SOS – Somebody Please Save Our Ships

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) accounts for about one-quarter of the staff of the Department of Homeland Security. Its role in protecting the homeland is vital. The White House is poised to make the bad state of the service’s aging fleet worse, cutting back even further on the anemic plans to refurbish and replace aging vessels. This disaster in the making will have consequences nowhere worse than in the Pacific, where the oceans are as big as U.S. interests.

Ahoy Matey! Legal Issues Ahead! – Pirates Released at Undisclosed Location

Last week, news reports indicated that 18 pirates apprehended after attacking a Singaporean vessel in the Indian Ocean were released to “an undisclosed location” because no nation was willing to detain or prosecute them. Why? The first problem was that while the pirates attacked a Singaporean vessel, they were saved by a Finnish one. And this isn’t the first time this has been a problem.

Thad Allen's reflections on BP Oil Spill One Year Later

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the BP Oil Spill occurred. There are a lot of important voices to be heard, but for me, the most important one comes from the man who led the months-long response efforts, Admiral Thad Allen, the former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Senators Seek to Extend Port Security Programs

Senators Seek to Extend Port Security Programs – GSN News
A pair of U.S. senators on Thursday unveiled legislation to renew programs aimed at thwarting potential transfers of weapons of mass destruction and other illicit cargo through U.S. seaports.