In June, the United States Naval Institute hosted the Homeland Port Security Conference, highlighted by a hypothetical situation and reality check.
A stirring speech delivered on Ellis Island, a call tor a "maritime security regime," and a nightmarish hypothetical scenario involving a dirtynuclear explosion were among the memorable elements of the U.S. Naval Institute's Homeland Port security Conference held in New York City on 6-7 June. Attendees from the military, law enforcement, tlrefighting. and private sectors gathered at one of America's busiest harbors to witness discussions and debates among top strategists on the front line of the complex, daunting port-security issue.
The conference featured a security briefing at the Statue of Liberty, an opening ceremony on Ellis Island, the first public pronouncements from the new Commandant of the Coast Guard, and panel discussions at the historic U.S. Customs House in lower Manhattan-fittingly and poignantly within walking distance of the site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers.