A Small Boat Strategy to be Proud of!

Posted by Kristin Arnold on May 1, 2008

I am so excited. The Department of Homeland Security just announced the National Small Vessel Security Strategy. 57 pages later, it outlines a plan to manage and reduce the overall risk on US waterways – specifically for the small boating population.

You see, this strategy was not concocted in a vacuum. It started a year ago during the National Small Vessel Security Summit. I had the distinct honor to be the lead facilitator and moderator for the summit. We had 260 stakeholders – small boat owners, commercial fisherman, ferry operators, port operations, state and federal representatives – who came together for two days to begin a dialogue about security risks and their ideas to address these threats.

There were several more regional summits, discussions, drafts and hard work done primarily by the USCG and HSI – culminating in a final strategy, just released by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.

You can hear about the new plan from the USCG Commandant, Thad Allen during an interview by Amy Morris.

It’s exciting for me to see a tangible, collaborative final product. And I was there at the beginning.

Question: Does your team produce tangible, collaborative products that you are proud of?

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