The Department of Homeland Security has crafted a new plan to enhance security at U.S. ports and waterways. According to the department, the plan involves creating the department’s Maritime Operations Coordination, which aims to improve communication with the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. CPB Commissioner Alan Bersin signed the plan and said MOC will help improve the coordination of his agency’s operations.
“With the signing of the MOC plan, we will be able to better coordinate and collaborate with federal agencies in order to disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations criminal organizations who wish to do us harm,” said John Morton, director of ICE.
The MOC plan will coordinate departmentwide activities to avoid redundant operations, plan joint exercises to improve understanding of each components statutory and regulatory responsibilities and applying a risk analysis methodology to the planning effort.