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US port and military community template for national or large scale crisis discussed

Public, military and private sector leaders met recently at a symposium to discuss how the Port of Long Beach (PoLB) model of a surface and subsurface situational awareness network can be a template for other ports to help increase America's resilience during the first 72 hours of a national or large-scale crisis.

Hosted by the PoLB, the ReadyCommunities Partnership (RCP) Military Base and Port Community Resiliency symposium was attended by over 60 stakeholders to outline best practices that harness readily available commercial off-the-shelf technologies to reinforce a situational awareness network that includes suppliers, contractors, vendors, military, law enforcement and first responders. The main theme was an interest to harness private sector resources to augment the local public sector response capacity.

PoLB's Assistant Director of Security CAPT. Steve Ruggiero (USN Reserve) described plans and progress to further develop its maritime domain awareness picture through collaboration with its partners including the Port of Los Angeles, longshoremen, law enforcement, first responders, and the private sector. Ruggiero said "The uninterrupted operation of America's 513 ports and 136 military installations is essential to America's economy and resiliency."

Participants who discussed the best practices of the PoLB model included Richard S. Baratta, PoLB Director of Risk Management; LTC Alex Deraney, US Army Corps of Engineers LA District; David Malin, Port of Los Angeles Emergency Manager; CAPT. Martin Hardy, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach; CAPT. Michael Graychik, LA Port Police; Steve Raganold, Long Beach Fire Department & Port Battalion Chief; Renee Stokes, DHS Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team; Leslie Luke, LA County of Emergency Management; and CAPT. John M. Carroll, USN Reserve and NCAGS Commanding Officer, Pacific Hub, US 3rd Fleet San Diego.

The symposium continues a national series organized by RCP that highlights the importance of America's strategic military base and port communities to national resiliency and how public/partnerships are essential in a climate of increased competition for diminishing resources.

•Date: 31st March 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

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