Five-plus years after 9/11, the government still has a long way to go in strengthening port security.
The United States has made modest progress in bolstering its overall homeland security defenses since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, but port security has always taken a back seat, both in urgency and in spending levels. Now, more than five years later, it's clear that some rethinking of such efforts is in order. The task won't be easy, a recent U.S. Naval Institute conference on port security showed.
Although the Coast Guard and the Customs and Border Protection Agency have made strides in setting up new systems to track global shipping and screen cargo containers, there are still plenty of gaps and unanswered questions, participants said. And the government needs to streamline the layers of overlapping laws and regulations that have been hastily put in place in response to public demands for quick action.