Homeland Security Outlook (HSO) and the Surface Navy Association (SNA) are teaming up to host Maritime Security 2016 East in Norfolk, Virginia, March 21-23, 2016.
The event is a continuation in the series of maritime security conferences produced by HSO, which have taken place in many cities across the United States and Caribbean including Boston, St. Petersburg, San Diego, Tacoma, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Providenciales, Nassau, and San Juan. SNA has previously conducted two maritime security symposium events at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, and produces its annual symposium in Washington each January and West Coast Symposium in San Diego each summer.
Maritime Security 2016 East will address the needs of governments, law enforcement, and critical infrastructure to counter the challenges of securing coastlines, inland waterways, and their critical infrastructure. Tentative agenda topics to be addressed include regional collaborative programs, interagency information sharing, enhancing maritime domain awareness, and cyber security best practices.
“The Coast Guard has a large operational presence in the Hampton Roads area, and there are many Navy professionals in the area who are involved in maritime security and safety. SNA’s presence at our program adds a new dimension – a big plus for our attendees, presenters and exhibitors,” said Sareth Neak, president of Neak Media and Homeland Security Outlook.
“Part of our mission is to provide forums on professional matters affecting surface naval forces and the United States Navy,” said retired Navy Capt. Bill Erickson, SNA’s executive director. “SNA considers Cuttermen to be surface warriors, so we’ve been looking for an opportunity to have event that would focus on our Cuttermen in the Hampton Roads area. Working with Sareth Neak and his team to produce this event together makes a lot of sense for our members, and we think we can enhance the program to add the perspective of the surface warfare community.”
Maritime Security 2016 East will be held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. SNA’s Hampton Roads chapter is the second-largest, making this area a perfect location to get a large SNA turnout for Maritime Security 2016 East.