Revitalizing Maritime Security: Is Smart the Next Element?

NPS-CHDS master’s graduate Carl Makins (MA1803/1804), Sergeant at the Metro Bomb Squad in the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, talks about Project Seahawk, a multiagency program that brings state-of-the-art technology and a regional approach to the problem of port security critical infrastructure in Charleston, South Carolina. The Special Maritime Action Response Team (SMART) would be a multidisciplinary, multiagency unit that protects the maritime domain of South Carolina using intelligence gathered by the Seahawk IOC. Carl’s thesis examines potential challenges to the process of forming SMART with the Seahawk IOC, particularly the security capability gaps in the maritime domain with federal, state, and local stakeholders due to insufficient manpower and funding.

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