By signing National Security Presidential Directive 41/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 13 (NSPD-41/HSPD-13) (Maritime Security Policy (Dec. 21, 2004)) President Bush underscored the importance of securing the Maritime Domain. NSPD-41/HSPD-13 established the Maritime Security Policy Coordinating Committee (MSPCC) — the first coordinating committee specifically tasked to address this issue — to oversee the development of a National Strategy for Maritime Security (NSMS) and eight supporting implementation plans:
- National Plan to Achieve Maritime Domain Awareness lays the foundation for an effective understanding of anything associated with the Maritime Domain that could impact the security, safety, economy, or environment of the United States and identifying threats as early and as distant from our shores as possible.
- Global Maritime Intelligence Integration Plan uses existing capabilities to integrate all available intelligence regarding potential threats to U.S. interests in the Maritime Domain.
- Maritime Operational Threat Response Plan aims for coordinated U.S. Government response to threats against the United States and its interests in the Maritime Domain by establishing roles and responsibilities, which enable the government to respond quickly and decisively.
- International Outreach and Coordination Strategy provides a framework to coordinate all maritime security initiatives undertaken with foreign governments and international organizations, and solicits international support for enhanced maritime security.
- Maritime Infrastructure Recovery Plan recommends procedures and standards for the recovery of the maritime infrastructure following attack or similar disruption.
- Maritime Transportation System Security Plan responds to the President's call fo recommendations to improve the national and international regulatory framework regarding the Maritime Domain.
- Maritime Commerce Security Plan establishes a comprehensive plan to secure the maritime supply chain.
- Domestic Outreach Plan engages non-Federal input to assist with the development and implementation of maritime security policies resulting from NSPD-41/HSPD-13.
Although these plans address different aspects of maritime security, they are mutually linked and reinforce each other. Together, the National Strategy for Maritime Security and its supporting plans represent a comprehensive national effort to enhance the security of the United States by preventing hostile or illegal acts within the Maritime Domain.
|“||The Global Maritime Intelligence Integration Plan will make use of legacy intelligence capabilities, existing policy and operational relationships to integrate all available data, information and intelligence and support maritime security planning and operations. The overarching requirement will be to identify, locate, and track potential threats to United States maritime interests and subsequently transfer accurate, relevant, and collaborated information to those operational entities. The guiding philosophy is community information access and integration rather than organizational consolidation of maritime intelligence activities.||”|
- ↑ Id. at 1.