TSA awards $1.62 million grant for research and development of port security technology

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National Press Release
Friday, July 16, 2004

WASHINGTON - Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Acting Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), today announced TSA has awarded the Regional Maritime Security Coalition (RMSC), of Portland, Ore., $1.62 million for research and development of port security enhancements in the Northwest.

"This grant will help us determine the real-world capabilities of promising technology," Admiral Stone said. "What we learn will have the potential for application at many other ports, making it substantially more difficult for terrorists to carry out their evil intentions."

RMSC was awarded $1.62 million for the development of a prototype multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency Cargo Information Action Center (CIAC) for the 22 ports in the Columbia-Snake River System that stretches from the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Ore., to Lewiston, Idaho. This grant will improve communications and coordination throughout the tri-state (Washington, Oregon and Idaho) region, employing the Regional Alliance for Infrastructure and Security Network (RAINS-NET), a secure wide-area system.

This grant to enhance maritime port security was authorized by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-295 dated November 25, 2002). To receive grant money, qualified entities needed to respond to TSA's Request for Application.

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