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May 4, 2006

CRS report on terminal operations and port security

Filed under: Port and Maritime Security — by Christian Beckner on May 4, 2006

The Congressional Research Service recently released an interesting report on the security roles of port authorities and terminal operators, available publicly for the first time here at HLS Watch:

RL33383: Terminal Operators and Their Role in U.S. Port and Maritime Security, April 20, 2006.

It provides a solid, fact-filled overview on the topic, and suggests four topics on which Congress might consider legislation:

  1. How can the US government ensure and verify compliance with agreed-upon security standards when terminal ownership is foreign-based?
  2. What is a correct approach to security – a border-centric, enforcement-driven approach, or a “systems approach” that involves greater participation but less direct control?
  3. How effective are the numerous maritime security initiatives that have been put in place since 9/11?
  4. What are the greater risks within the system, and what can be done to address them?

For additional reading on this topic, let me recommend again the report that the Senate HSGAC Investigative Subcommittee issued last month entitled “An Assessment of U.S. Efforts to Secure the Global Supply Chain.”

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