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Report of the DHS Small Vessel Security Institute

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The purpose of the National Small Vessel Security Summit NSVSS was to engage private, commercial and government stakeholders in discussions on a range of issues involving the security risks posed by small vessels in the U.S. maritime domain, including those risks involving international arrivals. The NSVSS brought together approximately 260 invited stakeholders and federal observers on June 19-20, 2007, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, to begin a dialogue and share one anothers concerns about small vessel operations, safety, and security. The objectives of the Summit were to Educate small vessel stakeholders on security risks in the U.S. maritime domain. Provide a national forum for small vessel stakeholders to present and discuss their ideas on the development of security measures to mitigate gaps in small vessel management and control in the maritime domain. Provide a national forum for state and local government officials, as well as private members of the small vessel population, to discuss transportation concerns regarding security threats and present their ideas towards addressing those threats. Record all issues and concerns from the small vessel stakeholders, and complete an after-action report for public, industry, and government to support conclusions for national-level decisions involving the development of small vessel security measures to detect, deter, interdict, and defeat terrorist use of small vessels in the U.S. maritime domain. To achieve these objectives, the NSVSS was designed to fully engage the various stakeholder communities in order to leverage their experience and record their ideas and concerns on maritime safety and security issues. Distinguished speakers and national experts first informed the attendees on maritime homeland security threats, initiatives, and concerns.

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  • Marine Engineering
  • Military Intelligence

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