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.