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December 10, 2005

Project SeaHawk exercises in Charleston

Filed under: Port and Maritime Security,State and Local HLS — by Christian Beckner on December 10, 2005

The Charleston Post and Courier has a set of informative stories – here, here, and here – written the last few days on Project SeaHawk, a port security pilot project in Charleston that includes operations center development, new information sharing capabilities, and live simulations and training exercises. Next Monday, the project will be conducting a live simulation of a response to a radiological incident at the port, involving all of the key federal, state, and local players.

All good…but at the end of the day, this is only a good federal investment if it helps to improve port security around the nation – not just in Charleston. What is being done to ensure that the lessons of this project are actually learned? Are these lessons being tracked and compared with those of other pilot projects such as Operation Safe Commerce, and with non-federal examples – often lower profile – that have taken place around the country to improve port security? And how does this all relate to the new National Strategy for Maritime Security and its supporting annexes?

Right now, according to Google, there is not a single mention of Project SeaHawk in any page or document on the DHS website. Sure, it’s technically a DOJ project, but shouldn’t DHS have something about it somewhere?

It would be a shame if the lessons from a project like this are scattered to the wind if or when its funding expires.

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December 17, 2005 @ 11:27 pm

[…] The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a long story this weekend on the topic of maritime security, focused on the port in Hampton Roads for its examples. There are some interesting statistics, anecdotes and quotes in the story, which collectively illustrate the complexity of managing security in a large port with many stakeholders. The examples and lessons mentioned in this story – for example, about the challenges of using radiation detection devices – are exactly the kind of lessons that need to be shared broadly, as I mentioned in this previous post. […]

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