Security Threats at U.S. Ports

Congressional Hearing Examines Security Threats at U.S. Ports.

Port Security Director Testifies At Nuclear Smuggling Risks Hearing

The threat of terrorist smuggling at U.S. ports appears to be increasing. Mechanisms to prevent cyber terrorism and illegal nuclear materials from being trafficked through ports must be intensified. Port Security Grant funds continue to help address these threats, but they must be directed to ports and not diluted out to other law enforcement entities that focus on lower-risk endeavors. And, increasingly, U.S. ports need more Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel, not fewer, to counter these risks.

These are the take aways that the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) hoped to instill when Maryland Port Administration Security Director Dave Espie testified last week on behalf of the association.

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