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Response on their mission and how this can relate to border security in different parts of the nation.

Protecting our Maritime Critical Infrastructure

Mr. James Armstrong

Security Specialist (Ports)

US Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley

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Topics of Discussion

Maritime critical infrastructure

Americas Waterway Watch

Role of the Port Security Specialist

Partnerships created through AMS Committees

Maritime Security Risk Analysis Model (MSRAM)

HOMEPORT website

Port Security Grant Program

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Maritime Critical Infrastructure

High density urban areas

Bridges & tunnels

Locks & dams

Passenger vessels, commercial tows, & casino boats

Drinking and commercial water intakes

Power generation facilities

Petrochemical facilities

Marine events (Fireworks shows, Regattas)

On-water stadiums

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Americas Waterway Watch

National maritime awareness program to report suspicious activities observed on American waterways

Employs recreational and commercial mariners to report suspicious activity near sensitive sites

Suspicious activity reported to the Coast Guard National Response Center via a toll free number:

877-24WATCH or 877-249-2824

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Coast Guard Security Specialists

108 USCG Security Specialists nationwide

Security Specialist (Ports)

Security Specialist (Recovery)

Sector Ohio Valley – 5 Security Specialists;

Pittsburgh

Huntington

Louisville

Paducah

Nashville

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Area Maritime Security Committee

Established by Maritime Transportation Security Act

Partnership between agencies & maritime industry

Quarterly meetings to discuss maritime security issues

Annual security training, drills & exercises conducted

Sector Ohio Valley; 8 AMSCs and 17 major port areas

Annual Area Maritime Security Assessments conducted

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Area Maritime Security Plan

CG maintains an Area Maritime Security Plan

Contains port specific security information (critical infrastructure, resources, response capabilities, etc.)

Used by AMSC law enforcement & rescue/response agencies to respond to maritime security incidents

Comprehensive Plan that is updated annually

Contains Sensitive Security Information

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Maritime Security Risk Analysis Model (MSRAM)

Used by CG nationwide to assess rick major port areas

Analyses risk based on threat, vulnerability and consequence for the loss of critical infrastructure target

Ranks overall risk to regional critical infrastructure

Allows maritime agencies to focus security patrols

Maritime Security Risk Analysis Model

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HOMEPORT provides information to port partners

HOMEPORT has a non-secure side and a secure side

Non-Secure side of HOMEPORT provides basic information about CG units (leadership, address, telephone numbers, etc.) https://homeport.uscg.mil

Secure side of HOMEPORT allows the sharing of Sensitive Security Information (SSI) with regional agencies and maritime company security officers

USCG HOMEPORT Website

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Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Provides federal funding opportunities for the maritime industry as well as local and State agencies

In FY17 $100M available for maritime security projects

FEMA allocations are based on how a project benefits the entire port area, and meets National PSGP priorities

Port Security Grant Program

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National PSGP priorities:

Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness

Enhancing IED and CBRNE protection, prevention, response and supporting recovery

Port Resilience and Recovery Capabilities

Enhancing Cybersecurity Capabilities

Training and Exercises

Equipment associated with TWIC implementation

PSGP National Priorities

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Camera systems in the maritime domain

Law enforcement and fire/rescue patrol vessels

Security training, drills and exercises

Special equipment for law enforcement tactical teams

PSGP helps close Maritime Security Gaps

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Mr. Jim Armstrong

Port Security Specialist

Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley

(502) 779-5314

James.S.Armstrong@uscg.mil

Questions?

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