DHS S&T is delivering a harmonized geospatial dataset of national waterways to all Federal agencies that comprise the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS).
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas was in Tokyo, Japan to meet with Government of Japan counterparts to discuss DHS support for U.S. strategic objectives in Japan, including cybersecurity collaboration, travel facilitation, and maritime security cooperation.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is developing port and waterway resiliency analytical visualization tools, data, and technologies to provide USCG waterway managers with more effective and user-friendly capabilities. This effort will enhance the USCG’s Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) and include research on other capabilities to address DHS maritime challenges, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is responsible for providing for the safety and economic security of U.S. maritime ports and waterways. The USCG is authorized to establish, maintain, and operate aids to maritime navigation in order to aid navigation, and to prevent disasters, collisions, and wrecks of vessels.
To circumvent the environmental and infrastructure challenges presented in D17, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is pursuing space-based capabilities. These capabilities offer persistent coverage to these remote regions without the burden of a physical infrastructure to maintain. An Analysis of Alternative completed as part of the DHS S&T Polar Scout Project concluded that spaced-based systems are the only cost effective means of receiving and relaying maritime distress signals in the remote areas of D17.
Improvements in sensor technologies are constant, introducing opportunities to improve maritime surveillance for USCG and CBP. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) established the new MDA Sensors and Research activity to leverage advances in sensor
technology to increase Department and DHS component MDA capabilities.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working with USCG on the Waterway Harmonization Phase II project to develop a methodology to standardize geographic representation of the beginning and end of waterways.
To achieve these goals, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) partnered with the USCG Research and Development Center’s (RDC) Science & Technology Innovation Center (STIC) to utilize RDC resources. This alliance also assists in defining gaps and requirements, as well as allowing for rapid operational assessments and testing. These capabilities outline necessary technology adaptations and integration needs to ensure successful transition and delivery of developed solutions.
Secretary Mayorkas delivered remarks at the change-of-command ceremony where Adm. Karl L. Schultz was relieved as Commandant of the Coast Guard by Adm. Linda L. Fagan.