Why U.S. Seaports Arent Safe

This transportation case study offers a close look at the financial politics of seaport security management and the role of information sharing (or lack thereof) via communication technologies.

Where do the security of U.S. seaports and your supply chain intersect? What are the risks to your bottom line if your incoming product inventory is sitting on the docks of an insecure, easily targeted port? And just how easy would it be to send explosives and destructive weapons into a major port city in this country? These articles examine the local, federal and business vulnerabilities of American seaports. A major highlight of these articles is a four-month examination of the one of the busiest and largest ports in the United States: Oakland, Calif., in the San Francisco Bay area.

This Baseline case study offers a close look at the financial politics of seaport security management; the role of information sharing (or lack thereof) via communication technologies; attempts at making sense of Department of Homeland Security rhetoric; and the challenges of making businesses of all sizes comply with Customs regulations.

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