How to Improve the Efficiency, Safety, and Security of Maritime Transportation: Better Use and Integration of Maritime Domain Awareness Data: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 31, 2013 [open pdf - 5MB]
This is from the July 21, 2013 hearing on "How to Improve the Efficiency, Safety, and Security of Maritime Transportation: Better Use and Integration of Maritime Domain Awareness Data," before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. From the opening statement of Duncan Hunter: "The Subcommittee is meeting this morning to review the status of Coast Guard maritime domain awareness programs. The Coast Guard operates a broad array of systems and sensors to gather data to enhance the Service's awareness of activities in the maritime domain. At a time when budgets are being cut and the Coast Guard is being stretched thin, maritime domain awareness (MDA) provides critical information to more efficiently deploy personnel and assets. Although the Service has made progress over the last decade in acquiring new technology to collect, integrate, and disseminate MDA data, implementation has been slow, several gaps still exist, and budget realities mean the Coast Guard will struggle to achieve its goals for the MDA program. The Coast Guard currently tracks large commercial vessels and other potential threats in the maritime domain, but the Service still lacks a single system capable of fully fusing, filtering, and displaying all MDA information in one common operating picture." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Duncan Hunter, Mark E. Butt, Stephen Caldwell, Steve Morrow, Bill Vass, Lisa Hazard, and Newell Garfield, III.
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