Evaluating Port Security: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, June 4, 2014   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is a compilation of testimony given at the June 4, 2014 hearing, "Evaluating Port Security: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead" before the U.S.Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening Statement of Thomas R. Carper: "We have called this hearing to take a look at the current state of port security in the United States and find out if we are heading in the right direction. I hope we can also focus on the work that needs to be done over the next few years to ensure that our port security efforts maintain the proper balance between security, safety, and trade facilitation. This is important because our focus as a Congress cannot solely be on security, but also on maintaining and enhancing our economic competitiveness. Port security is no easy job. It involves the maritime security provided by the U.S. Coast Guard when its men and women patrol our coasts and waterways. It involves the physical security of port facilities, like our ferry terminal in Lewes, Delaware, or an energy refinery along the Gulf of Mexico or Delaware City, Delaware, that is safeguarded by state and local authorities. And it involves the cargo security provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which screens cargo to prevent dangerous goods from entering the United States, while also facilitating the flow of trade and transportation." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas R. Carper, Tom Coburn, Ellen McClain, Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas, Kevin K. McAleenan, Brian E. Kamoie, Stephen Sadler and Stephen L. Caldwell.

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