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Coastal Trident 2014 will be conducted 16-19 June 2014 in Southern California to explore the homeland security, homeland defense, emergency response, and emergency management issues associated with the threat of a rogue vessel targeting critical port and maritime infrastructure.

 CT14 IPC Brief and CT14 IPC Handout describe the following overarching goals to support this intent:

  • Reinforce federal, state, local government and private sector strategic partnerships
  • Strengthen existing emergency response and management plans, systems, and capabilities applicable to port and maritime security
  • Explore technology applications to enhance maritime domain awareness, threat identification and early warning, and interoperable communication
  • Identify future planning, acquisition, training, and exercise needs related to the integrated response to a port and maritime security incident

More specifically, the following objectives have been developed to evaluate the performance of participants in CT-14:

1.  Evaluate interagency cooperation, coordination, and communications in the port and maritime domain

  • Sharing of pre-event intelligence, early warning, and alert/notification information among response and management organizations
  • Information flow between local, state, federal, and military response and management elements
  • Development and maintenance of situational awareness
  • Multi-agency coordination of information to the media and the public in accordance with established procedures

2. Evaluate regional capabilities to recognize and respond to the threat of a rogue vessel targeting critical port and maritime infrastructure

  • Collection and processing of incident management information in order to provide:
    • Dissemination of public safety and security information
    • Target surveillance and characterization, opposed boarding, hazardous materials response, explosive ordnance disposal operations
    • Establishment of a common operational picture
    • Actionable information to enable decision-making
  • Safety and security of response personnel
  • Command and control of multi-domain, multi-jurisdictional response operations

3.  Evaluate the resource management capabilities of participants

  • Recall and deploy appropriate response resources
  • Utilize specialized units and subject matter expertise to assist with incident response and management
  • Request additional resources from supporting jurisdictions or federal government
  • Coordinate appropriate agencies and resources
  • Examine the integration of regional, state, federal, and military resources

4.  Evaluate the technical capabilities and operational suitability of technology applications to enable emergency response and management operations in the port and maritime environment

  • Uninhabited and autonomous systems
  • Sensor systems and applications
  • Data fusion and information sharing
  • Visualization and decision-support tools