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Maritime Domain Awareness: Implications for National, Economic, Border, and Environmental Security

About This Webinar

The maritime environment is inherently complex. It involves diverse stakeholders, vessels of every shape, size, and purpose, industries that depend on the sea and its resources, port operators, customs officials, border police, immigration agents, environmental specialists, and countless others who impact the maritime domain. The development of communication and coordination protocols and a decision-making and response framework are critical to ensure effective governance and management of the maritime domain. Consider recent events in Lebanon at the Port of Beirut. This disaster could have been averted had an effective maritime domain awareness (MDA) organization been in place.

Join us for a free webinar discussion on maritime domain awareness (MDA) — what it is, why it’s important, and barriers to implementation. During the discussion, we will review key elements of MDA and the legal and regulatory steps governments can take to develop an effective MDA system.

Key takeaways: Subject matter experts will share perspectives on maritime domain awareness, including:
• Course outlines for promoting MDA within your organization or among your interagency partners
• A legal and regulatory framework for achieving MDA
• A case study and firsthand account of the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut and how similar tragedies can be avoided

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
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Editor Border Security Report / World Security Report
Editor of Border Security Report and director of the World Border Security Congress
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Border Security Advisor at CRDF Global
J.J. JONES is currently an independent security consultant working for CRDF Global as a Border Security Advisor. From 2016-2019, he worked for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, as Chief of the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program. Among JONES’ accomplishments during his tenure in Kyiv, he led the development of a comprehensive maritime security assistance plan targeted at countering Russian aggression on the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.
JONES served in the U.S. Coast Guard for nearly 25 years and retired in 2008, rising through the ranks from Seaman (E3) to Commander (O5). Throughout his military career, he specialized in operations, including maritime border security and national defense serving at all levels within the Coast Guard from tactical teams to the National Command Center.
While on active duty, JONES earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and a bachelor’s degree in applied science from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
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Director at the Strategic Trade Research Institute (STRI)
Andrea Viski founded the Strategic Trade Research Institute in 2017, where she serves as Director. She founded the Strategic Trade Review, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to trade controls, in 2015, and has since served as its Editor-in-Chief. She cooperates with various organizations providing expertise and capacity for research, training, and project implementation. She is an adjunct professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Viski is also a Research Associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security. She has published extensively in the areas of trade controls, nonproliferation, nuclear security, and international law.
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Port Security Advisor at CRDF Global
Thomas I. MacDonald is currently an independent security consultant working for CRDF Global as a Port Security Advisor. After serving for 23 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a Commander (O5), he has focused his efforts on security consulting. MacDonald specializes in maritime, aviation, and critical infrastructure security assessments in the Middle East. He has conducted port security assessments in Lebanon and vulnerability assessments on critical maritime infrastructure facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Most recently, MacDonald led a port security and operations assessments on the ports of Beirut and Tripoli in Lebanon, following the explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. He is an experienced leader within the security field, having directed multiple teams within the U.S. Coast Guard and aiding in the development of security plans for at-risk states. MacDonald graduated with honors from the USAF Security Police Academy.
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Owner, SeeWorthy Coaching & Consulting LLC
Charlene Downey, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (retired) is the owner of SeeWorthy Coaching & Consulting LLC where she provides leadership coaching and consulting to executives and C-suite teams. She also provides consulting expertise in the areas of maritime security, safety, emergency management and environmental response. Charlene served over 26 years on active duty and completed her highly successful Coast Guard career serving as the Sector Commander and Captain of the Port of Los Angeles – Long Beach; the nation’s largest and most economically vital container port complex. She graduated from the Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT with a B.S. in Management and received her M.S. in Management (HRM) from Florida Institute of Technology. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching where she received her Certified Professional Coach (CPC) designation and Energy Leadership Index™ Master Practitioner certification.
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Director, Strategic Trade and Border Security, CRDF Global
Susan King is the Director of Strategic Trade and Border Security at CRDF Global. She oversees a diverse portfolio of international capacity building programs in the areas of border management and nonproliferation. Susan has 25 years of experience managing international cooperative assistance programs for government clients and private foundations in such areas as nonproliferation, peace and security, environment, governance and economic development. Susan got her start in nonproliferation as a graduate researcher at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) where she was contributor to The Nonproliferation Review. Susan earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California and a Bachelor’s in Soviet Studies from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.
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