Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC)
“AMS Committees are cornerstones in bolstering the lines of defense of our Nation’s ports.”
- VADM Brian Salerno
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, substantially changed the risk profile of the Nation’s ports, waterways, coastal areas, Maritime Transportation System (MTS), and Maritime Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CI/KR). The Coast Guard responded by re-evaluating and strengthening its abilities to protect these assets from possible terrorist attack.
On November 25, 2002, the President signed into effect the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA). The AMSCs were established under this Act, to provide a link for contingency planning, development, review, and update of Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP), and to enhance communication between port stakeholders within federal, state and local agencies, and industry to address maritime security issues.
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