60 Minutes reported tonight on the Dubai ports story and the broader issue of port security. The transcript of the show is available here, and does a good job of outlining the key issues related to port and maritime security today.
From the summary of the report:
“We have a real problem on our waterfront. But it’s less about who owns these few terminals in our country. It’s about the systematic vulnerability,” [Stephen Flynn] says.
“So you’re not terribly concerned by the fact that a company from Dubai is going to be operating port terminals in the United States?” [Steve] Kroft asked.
“I’m concerned that the entire system is potentially vulnerable,” Flynn replied.
This is just the latest example of the media broadening their focus from the Dubai story to the much more important issue of broader port and maritime security activities. If there’s a silver lining from this whole Dubai ports story, it’s the fact that renewed attention to the issue of port security may very well lead to increased resources in this appropriations cycle.