Thank you to all of the participants in the Maritime Security 2016 West and Marine Law Enforcement Conference last week for making it a huge success.  Stay tuned for information on the East and 2017 West program.

Maritime Security 2016 West is the fourth installment of the Maritime Security West program series, building upon the successes of last year’s conference in San Diego, CA. As the sixteenth maritime security conference hosted by Homeland Security Outlook since 2011, Maritime Security 2016 West furthers a commitment to address the needs of governments, law enforcement, and critical infrastructure to counter the challenges of securing coastlines, inland waterways, and their critical infrastructure.

Maritime Security 2016 West provides discussion and collaboration on strategies and technologies to counter maritime security threats encountered by governments, law enforcement, and port/terminal owners and operators. Interactive workshop sessions are designed to give all conference participants the actionable knowledge on how to better secure their maritime areas of responsibility, mainly by stressing the importance of collaboration, efficiency, and best practices. Each topic will be addressed by relevant perspectives of those who have implemented successful strategies and technologies in their maritime security operations.

Maritime Security 2016 West will be co-located with with the 28th annual Maritime Law Enforcement Conference hosted by Washington State Parks Boating Programs, who is responsible for funding and training all marine law enforcement units within the state. This program will be attended by over 50 marine police units from across the Washington, with an agenda specifically tailored to suit their needs. This year's conference is once again open to marine law enforcement agencies outside of the State of Washington. With both conferences under one roof, there is a unique and impressive opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas, and expertise amongst colleagues across many jurisdictions. 

Some of our Key Presenters


McPherson Captain Brendan C. McPherson
Chief Of Staff
Coast Guard Thirteenth District
Girouard Roger Girouard, Rear Admiral (Retd)
Assistant Commissioner
Canadian Coast Guard
Western Region
CaptRaymond Capt. M. W. (Joe) Raymond

Sector Commander and Captain of the Port
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound
Alonzo Wade Alonzo
Boating Law Administrator
Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
Lea A. Lyston Lea, II
Principal Advisor
Director of National Intelligence’s National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office
McDonald Shawn McDonald
Program Manager, Borders & Maritime Security Division
U.S. Dept of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate


U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Border and Coastal Information System Plug Fest

Due to the overwhelming success of the plugfest hosted at the recent Maritime Security East program in Norfolk, VA, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will once again be hosting a plugfest at the Maritime Security West program.  With over a dozen companies and 100 end users participating in the last plugfest, the Maritime Security West edition is poised to be larger, more engaging and even more impactful.

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) plugfest will allow solutions providers of sensors (cameras, radars, sonars, and other feeds), analysis and decisions support tools, and information sharing capabilities to test integration with the Border and Coastal Information System (BACIS), the latest information sharing platform designed to assist law enforcement and government officials maintain coastal security and vigilance. 

What is a "Plugfest"?

A plugfest is an interactive, hands-on demonstration of disparate solution providers rapidly adopting a common, standard-based open architecture enabling them to “plug” into an information sharing environment and showcase their individual capabilities along with capabilities possible through interfacing with other solutions. The plugfest concept is used by the Department of Defense and recently piloted by S&T. The plugfest has multiple objectives which support solution providers, end users, and government program managers:

  • Demonstrate capabilities provided by individual solution providers
  • Spur “synergies” of individual solutions showing how sum is greater than the parts
  • Verify ability of individual solution providers to quickly integrate into an open architecture
  • Receive feedback on the performance of the “open architecture” design
  • Enable solution providers and end users to exchange ideas to innovate concepts for future solutions

For technology and data providers:  Solution providers have the opportunity to test the integration of their technology and data with other solutions through the emerging federated enterprise information sharing (“open”) architecture and showcase solution capabilities to a wide audience of maritime security stakeholders from ports, marine police, Coast Guard, CBP, DOD components and other potential users. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how you can be an active participant.

For attendees: The operational community has the opportunity to observe solutions plug into an “open” architecture and operate with real data in real time. This allows solutions to be evaluated in an environment simulating operations where information needs to be shared across systems and organizations. You can be amongst the first to evaluate the system and see how it can assist your security operations by enhancing your maritime/situational awareness and communications with other stakeholders. Register for the conference now to be a part of the plugfest.

Marine Law Enforcement Predicted Log Regatta

What is a Predicted Log Regatta?

It's a fun way to practice navigation and satisfy your competitive nature. This is not a test of speed - it's a test of navigational accuracy. It doesn't take a special boat or high priced electronics. All it takes is:      A Boat.----- A Compass.----- A Tachometer.----- A Chart.

Predicted Log Regattas are similar to road rallies on the water. All you have to do is predict the time your boat will take to get from point to point on a designated course. You do the predictions in advance then run the course in your boat on the day of the regatta without clock or speedometer. An observer aboard, records the time at each point, then afterward the actual times are compared with the predictions to determine the error. Trophies will be awarded to the winners with the lowest errors at our MLE Awards Banquet.


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