House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for November 18-22

Nov 15, 2013 Issues: Maritime Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearing for next week.

TUESDAY, November 19 at 10 a.m.

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

“What Does a Secure Maritime Border Look Like?”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Rear Admiral William “Dean” Lee, Deputy for Operations Policy and Capabilities, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Randolph D. Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Steve Caldwell, Director, Maritime and Security Coast Guard Issues, Homeland Security and Justice Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Captain Marcus Woodring, USCG (ret), Managing Director, Health, Safety, Security and Environmental, Port of Houston Authority

Subcommittee Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) on the hearing: “While much focus has been given to the security concerns along both our land northern and southern borders, evaluating and addressing the security concerns of our maritime borders is critical to our nation’s overall border security approach.  Any point of weakness in our border security defenses can and will be exploited.  So it is incumbent on our nation to ensure that the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have a plan to secure the vast maritime border.  During our hearing, we will examine what does a secure maritime border look like, how do we get there, and how do we measure success?  Millions of square miles of ocean make those questions dependent on achieving maritime domain awareness (situational awareness.)  Intelligence driven operations will have to become the cornerstone of maritime operations, so we focus our limited maritime resources in the most productive and efficient way. 

“Threats to the border have evolved in the maritime environment as progress made along the land borders drives illicit activity off the coast.  Drug cartels and others who attempt do us harm will seek out the point of least resistance.  The recent surge of panga boats carrying drugs off the coast of California is a clear example, with a known panga event on average every four days.  As is the case for our land borders, we have to determine, in a verifiable way, if we are making progress.  The American people have a right to know if the money we are spending is moving the needle toward greater maritime security.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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