Transportation and Maritime Safety, Security and the Resumption of Trade

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3:00 pm

Location: Babbio Center, Room 607

Contact: 
Dr. Barry Bunin

Phone: 201.216.8216

Presenter:

Bradford N. Slutsky, Program Manager and Deputy Chief Officer Outreach - Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
 
Overview:
This seminar will examine Port Security Operations and Technologies,including past, present and future Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
technology needs. In addition, issues and actions related to the reopening of the Port of New York/New Jersey, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, will be discussed.
 
CBP Background:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible for guarding nearly 7,000 miles of land border the United States shares with Canada and
Mexico and 2,000 miles of coastal waters surrounding the Florida peninsula and off the coast of Southern California. The agency also
protects 95,000 miles of maritime border in partnership with the United States Coast Guard. To secure this vast terrain, CBP’s U.S. Border Patrol agents, Air and Marine agents, and CBP officers and agriculture specialists, together with the nation’s largest law enforcement canine program, stand guard along America’s front line.
• CBP officers protect America’s borders at official ports of entry, while Border Patrol agents prevent illegal entry into the United
States of people and contraband between the ports of entry.
• CBP’s Office of Air and Marine, which manages the largest law enforcement air force in the world, patrols the nation’s land and
sea borders to stop terrorists and drug smugglers before they enter the United States.
• CBP agriculture specialists prevent the entry of harmful plant pests and exotic foreign animal diseases and confront emerging
threats in agro- and bioterrorism.
 
Each year, more than 11 million maritime containers arrive at U.S. seaports. At land borders, another 11 million arrive by truck and 2.7
million by rail. CBP is responsible for knowing what is inside, whether it poses a risk to the American people, and ensuring that all proper
revenues are collected.