The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 exposed numerous national security shortcomings. As more than 95% of U.S. foreign trade passes through our marine transportation system (MTS), it has been necessary for the Coast Guard to re-energize its port security role. This article provides a brief overview of the U.S. Coast Guard's historic role in port security. Many of the actions taken to improve its ability to detect, deter, and disrupt terrorist and other unlawful activities detrimental to the safe and secure operation to the country's MTS are highlighted. The "Family of Security Plans" concept, which is central to the port security regime, contains the following elements: designation of security responsibilities and duties; performance standards for training and exercising; establishment of protective measures to identify and take preventive measures against security incidents; and measures to ensure appropriate response and consequence mitigation actions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    National Maritime Center, 4200 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, VA  United States  22203-1804
  • Authors:
    • Oditt, K
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  • Publication Date: 2003-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 10-13
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 60
    • Issue Number: 2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00963055
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 24 2003 12:00AM