“FEMA will not save you,” said Michael Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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.
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the United States is no longer going to screen every cargo container before it enters the United States
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.
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.
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 – 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.
FDA says border check system back on track – NextGov
A system to aid the examination of food and drug imports will be running nationwide by the end of this year after a software glitch held it up for months, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told Congress on Wednesday.
CBP Re-Examines Manpower Needs At US Ports Of Entry – HSToday
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made recent advances in deploying new infrastructure and technology at US ports of entry, but it has struggled with the staffing levels at those ports, acknowledged the CBP deputy in charge of port operations Tuesday.
Napolitano: U.S. Screening Cargo, Passengers Coming From Japan – Fox News blog
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the U.S. is conducting radiation checks on passengers and cargo coming from Japan in the wake of the disaster that has left nuclear facilities damaged.