Dear Members and
As indicated in a previous
announcement and in the November-December Captain's Call newsletter, I
attended the CMSC meeting in Sacramento, Friday morning, December 14th. It was
the 4th such meetings and my 2nd.
CMSC members and attendees were
briefed of the progress of subcommittees since the September 25th
gathering. Besides listening to reports, the intent was to continue to
strengthen the overall collaboration between federal, state, and local maritime
Everyone is still seeking the way
but with each passing month progress to enhance the security of our California
ports is being made. In some respects, being a government organization and
response, there is any number of committees and
There are four regional maritime
security committees or centers. Information and action tends to flow and occur
at this level.
Command 21 is a USN/USCG program on
using "off the shelf" equipment and software to handle emergency situations such
as a security breach at a port. So far it seems to only have been used in DoD
war games or simulated situations, http://www.pacific-science.com/kmds/Global01KW7-01.pdf.
For information on the rapidly
developing science and technology aspects of port security, the group leans on
the National Defense Industrial Association, http://NDIA.org.
For a disaster situation,
a (hopefully) simulated exercise, Golden Guardian, is scheduled in 2008. A
simulated port security event is planned for 2009.
The Transportation Worker
Identification Credential (TWIC) program has been started. Seems most everything
associated with it has problems. Don't count on this being done on schedule
or background checks being thorough. The presentation and discussion
of TWIC took as much time as all six of the other topics. Count of a lot more
money being spent on identifying everyone who comes and goes from our state
ports including merchant mariners.
Before the meeting closed I
addressed the attendees. Briefly explained the purpose of the Navy
League, showed that maritime security was
a SeaPower Magazine cover story for December. and encouraged them to
discuss the Navy League and the Pacific Merchant Marine Council with me
further afterwards. I did take time to introduce R. Adm. Frank X.
Johnston and saw that he received a good round of applause for his service to
our nation (He retires at the end of December - and comes on board the
Navy League and our council as a Director.)
Below is some information pertaining
to CMSC. Of special note is the annual report - the 1st.
California Maritime Security Council